Parents' Rights Amendment Reaches Milestone
100 Members of Congress Cosponsor Grassroots Movement to Ensure Parents' Freedom to Raise their Children
WASHINGTON, June 25 /Christian Newswire/ -- A Constitutional Amendment introduced by U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland, to protect the parent-child relationship has reached more than 100 co-sponsors in the House.
"More and more members of Congress and their constituents are recognizing the slow erosion of individual rights posed by the courts, government and international organizations and the threat presented to the parent-child relationship," Hoekstra said. "This is a grassroots movement fueled by increased awareness about sovereignty and the need to protect rights against government intrusion and international law. It is as simple as preserving parents' freedom to parent."
The Parents' Rights Amendment (H.J.Res.42) would state explicitly in the U.S. Constitution that parents have a fundamental right to raise their children as they see fit, while protecting against abuse and neglect. Threats to the parent-child relationship include potential Senate ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.
"A review of federal appellate decisions from 2008 demonstrates that our lower courts are turning away from the traditional Supreme Court standards on parental rights," said Michael Farris, J.D., president of Parentalrights.org. "We need to act now to protect parental rights before this erosion results in a wholesale repudiation of our traditional American principles."
For more information on the Parents' Rights Amendment and to see who has cosponsored the bill, please visit www.parentsrights.us or www.parentalrights.org.