Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Constitutional Amendment on Parents' Rights Proposed

Yesterday, the same day he announced his intention to run for Governor of Michigan, Holland Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra introduced a Parents' Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution into the House. Unfortunately, news of the gubernatorial run has crowded out news on the amendment.

A Senate version was set to be introduced by Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. According to reports, Hoekstra introduced a similar amendment proposal last year, but failed to secure co-sponsors. At introduction this year, the amendment has 71 co-sponsors.

Below is the text, followed by a press release from Hoekstra's office:
PROPOSED AMENDMENT

`Section 1. The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is a fundamental right.

`Section 2. Neither the United States nor any State shall infringe upon this right without demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served.

`Section 3. No treaty may be adopted nor shall any source of international law be employed to supersede, modify, interpret, or apply to the rights guaranteed by this article.'.

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PRESS RELEASE

Washington, Mar 31 - U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland, has introduced a bill with 70 congressional co-sponsors that would amend the Constitution to explicitly state that parents, not government or any other organization, have a fundamental right to raise their children as they see fit.

"In the President’s first address to a joint session of Congress, he stated that there is ‘no program or policy that can substitute for a mother or father,’" Hoekstra said. "I agree wholeheartedly."

The most effective means of protecting the parent-child relationship is by securing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The proposed amendment (H.J.Res 42) places the text preserving parents’ rights into the text of the Constitution, ensuring that the child-parent relationship remains protected for generations to come.

"The right of parents to raise their children as they see fit is under direct attack by government and the courts," Hoekstra said. "The Parents’ Rights Amendment is about preserving that right for parents as opposed to empowering policymakers either in Washington or any other organization."

Several links to information are available at Rep. Hoekstra's homepage. WND also has an article posted in advance of the amendment's introduction. If more develops, we'll chime in.