The bill is identified as H.J. Res. 42
Mike Huckabee’s show is scheduled to air on the Fox News network Saturday night at 8:00 and 11:00, and again at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, April 12 with Michael Farris, a constitutional lawyer and the president of ParentalRights.org, to speak on the issue of parental rights, and on the proposed Parental Rights Amendment introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives March 31.
Here’s the text of the amendment….
1ST SESSION H. J. RES. 42
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating
to parental rights.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
MARCH 31, 2009
Mr. HOEKSTRA (for himself, Mr. WOLF, Mr. AKIN, Mr. ALEXANDER, Mrs. BACHMANN,
Mr. BARRETT of South Carolina, Mr. BARTLETT, Mr. BISHOP of Utah,
Mrs. BLACKBURN, Mr. BOEHNER, Mr. BOOZMAN, Mr. BROUN of Georgia, Mr. BROWN
of South Carolina, Mr. BUCHANAN, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. CAMP,
Mr. CAMPBELL, Mr. CANTOR, Mr. CARTER, Mr. COLE, Mr. CONAWAY, Mr. DAVIS of
Kentucky, Mr. DEAL of Georgia, Ms. FALLIN, Mr. FLEMING, Mr. FORTENBERRY,
Mr. FRANKS of Arizona, Mr. GINGREY of Georgia, Mr. GOHMERT, Mr. GUTHRIE,
Mr. HARPER, Mr. HELLER, Mr. HENSARLING, Mr. HERGER, Mr. HUNTER,
Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas, Mr. JORDAN of Ohio, Mr. KINGSTON, Mr. KLINE of
Minnesota, Mr. LAMBORN, Mr. LATTA, Mr. LUCAS, Mrs. LUMMIS, Mr. MANZULLO,
Mr. MARCHANT, Mr. MCCAUL, Mr. MCCLINTOCK, Mr. MCCOTTER, Mr. MCHENRY,
Mr. MCKEON, Mr. MORAN of Kansas, Mr. NEUGEBAUER, Mr. PENCE, Mr. PITTS,
Mr. PLATTS, Mr. PRICE of Georgia, Mr. RADANOVICH, Mr. ROE of Tennessee,
Mrs. SCHMIDT, Mr. SESSIONS, Mr. SHADEGG, Mr. SHIMKUS, Mr. SOUDER,
Mr. SULLIVAN, Mr. TERRY, Mr. TIAHRT, Mr. WAMP, Mr. WESTMORELAND,
Mr. WHITFIELD, Mr. WILSON of South Carolina, and Mr. WITTMAN) introduced the
following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States
relating to parental rights.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of
America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein),
That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of
the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of
the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several
States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:
The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children
is a fundamental right.
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.
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.
Why is this amendment important? This is from ParentalRights.Org ….
Eighty years ago the Supreme Court declared that “the child is not the mere creature of the State; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.” Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510 (1925).
Thirty years ago the Court continued this line of reasoning with the pronouncement that the “primary role of the parents in the upbringing of their children is now established beyond debate as an enduring American tradition.” Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972).
Yet in 2000, when the State of Washington gave any person the ability to override a good parent’s decision about visitation by simply claiming that it would be “best” for children to allow the third-party to have visitation rights, in the Supreme Court.
“The hallmark of [the parental] relationship is the readily observable fact that this special adult is not interchangeable with others.” Dr. Jack Shonkoff
Harvard Graduate School of Education