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The issue has been discussed in two bulletins put out by National Home Education Legal Defense:


Bulletin 58 and Bulletin 67 as well as a series of three bulletins which discusses the UN Convention -

Bulletin 54

Bulletin 55 Bulletin 56


Why we don’t need a Constitutional Amendment

Bulletin 64

Bulletin 67


Also available is: an Audio Speech from Deborah Stevenson  about the CRC and PRA


as well as

5 minute Video of the tail end of that speech



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Stop the encroachment of United Nations initiatives which dictate how children should be raised!



The proposed Parental Rights Amendment (PRA) is being pushed as a  way to “protect parents” from the encroachment of United Nations initiatives to dictate how children should be raised – as being spelled out in the form of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)


“We don’t need a Constitutional amendment concerning parental rights to stop the treaty.  We need individuals to stand up and tell their Senators not to ratify the treaty if, and when, it comes up for a vote.   Tell them to just say “No!””


The CRC is a dangerous Treaty because:


        The CRC places obligations on the States, (i.e. the countries which ratify the treaty) to protect children against governmental actions and intrusions.  It would also demand that States enact legislation to dictate what parents can and cannot do regarding their own children.


        The CRC obligates governments to provide certain programs for children’s benefit, setting standards for governmental policies regarding children.

Committee on the Rights of the Child will monitor Treaty Compliance. The Committee is  made up of  18 "experts of high moral standing and recognized competence in the field covered by this Convention."

The CRC gives this Committee an unlimited mandate to dictate the affairs of a nation regarding child rearing. The Committee’s reach will extend into demanding changes to a country's legal system, education system, and social-welfare institutions in order to bring the country’s laws into compliance with the Convention.

But the Parental Rights Amendment is just as bad:



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.



Sounds good right?   

Well, it isn’t, and here is why:

Reading the U.S. Constitution as it is written, the Constitution grants to the federal government limited, enumerated powers. The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution specifies that all powers not so specifically enumerated as granted to the federal government, remain powers of the people and of the states.

The ability to regulate the rights of parents is not an enumerated power granted to the federal government.

Those are powers that remain powers of the people and of the states.

Making the “rights of parents” fundamental rights in the U.S. Constitution raises those rights to the federal level. The federal government then is better able to assume a power to regulate those rights. The Supreme Court already has “interpreted” the right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children as something that can be regulated by government. Up until now, however, the courts have said that it is up to the States to regulate that right.


With a constitutional amendment, the road is cleared for the courts to say that the federal government also has the right to regulate.

Both the PRA and the CRC are horrible pieces of legislation. Both should be avoided entirely. Thankfully, the United States has not yet ratified participation in the CRC, and let’s hope that we never do. These treaties do nothing more then erode our sovereignty.

The way to stop that encroachment on parental rights is NOT by a constitutional amendment.

It is far easier to affect legislation on a state and local level than it is to affect legislation on the federal level. Some states even have elected judges so that if the state courts interpret a state regulation in a manner opposed by the people, the people can elect new judges that may “interpret” the regulations differently. Federal judges are appointed, and they are appointed for life.

Yes, we, as parents and as Americans, are facing a battle. Yes, we must fight that battle. Let’s fight the battle where we can be most effective. Let’s keep the power in the states. Let’s encourage each of our legislators to uphold the Constitution as it is. Let’s educate our government officials and our neighbors about how all of our rights are threatened by the United Nations and international law. Let’s encourage our legislators to appoint federal judges who will not use international law as a basis to decide any court cases. Let’s educate Congress that we will not tolerate anyone disregarding their oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution. Let’s not give the federal government any more ammunition to wrest power from the people. Let’s work to inform other parents about these issues, and embolden them to stop Congress, and the President, from abusing their power whenever they fail to protect and to defend the Constitution.


We need to put a halt to the federalization of parenting.


Advocating for a

Parental Rights Amendment

is not the way to go to solve this problem.


Telling the Senators to vote “No”

on the CRC Treaty

is the way to solve the problem.


There are only a hundred Senators.

There are millions of us.

The time to act is now.

Contact U.S. Senators


Tell Them To Reject the CRC Treaty


NOT to adopt a Parental Rights Constitutional Amendment





Read what the Treaty Says:


UN Convention on the Rights of the Child



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