Parental rights came to the forefront during the pandemic and are expected to play a significant role in the upcoming midterm elections. Earlier this week, Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., introduced a constitutional amendment that would protect the traditional liberty of parents to direct a child’s upbringing, education and care as a fundamental right.
Lesko, who heads the Protect Kids Caucus in the House, believes protecting this traditional role of parents is key to keeping children healthy and safe.
“Parental rights are under attack across our nation,” she said. “I am pleased to have the support of ParentalRights.org in introducing this crucial amendment to the U.S. Constitution to enshrine parents’ fundamental right to have a say in their children’s education, and I will continue to advocate for protecting children and empowering parents in Congress.”
Will Estrada, president of ParentalRights.org and the Parental Rights Foundation, applauds the legislation.
“The Supreme Court has recognized parental rights for a century, but parental rights are just too important to be left to Supreme Court precedent alone,” he said. “This amendment will enshrine these traditional rights in the black-and-white of the Constitution, preserving that parental role for generations to come. We are honored to work with Rep. Lesko to protect children by making this amendment a reality.”
Jim Mason, the organization’s board chairman, agreed.
“The Supreme Court in 1923 said ‘the child is not the mere creature of the state,’ but many of today’s bureaucrats have lost sight of that,” he said. “This amendment will permanently codify that precedent and restore a proper respect for the vital parent-child bond in America.”
The House joint resolution to introduce the Amendment will receive a bill number in coming days. It marks the eighth straight Congress in which the Amendment has been introduced. For more information, visit www.parentalrights.org.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice News