New Co Sponsors in the House - and Senate!
This morning, in conjunction with Representative Hoekstra's office, we proudly sent out the following press release:Parental Rights Amendment Reaches 110 Co-SponsorsGrassroots Movement behind Effort to Ensure Parents’ Rights to Raise their Children.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / July 27, 2009 / Washington, D.C. –
A Constitutional Amendment to protect the parent-child relationship introduced by U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Michigan, has reached 110 co-sponsors in the House."More and more members of Congress are recognizing the threat from government and foreign interference into the parent-child relationship,"
Hoekstra said. "I encourage my colleagues to support the initiative by co-sponsoring the Parents’ Rights Amendment."The Parental 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 and the erosion of fundamental parental rights in our federal courts.
"Just about every member of Congress agrees with the legal principle that parents have the fundamental right to make decisions for the upbringing of their children," said Michael Farris, J.D., president of Parentalrights.org.
"Because of international law and shifting judicial philosophies, the right is being steadily undermined. We now have 110 members of Congress with the foresight to say that we need to protect this long-standing right before the erosion goes too far.
We appreciate the leadership of Pete Hoekstra and the 109 other members of Congress who believe that it is important to secure the rights of American families for generations to come."
More information on the Parental Rights Amendment can be viewed at
More Good NewsIn addition, we also received word that Senator Coburn of Oklahoma has signed on as a cosponsor of S.J. Res. 16, the Parental Rights Amendment in the Senate. This brings our total in the Senate to three (3) - a slow but important start.
While there is no way to track the direct effects of your calls and emails and our visits last week, it is safe to assume that at least some of these cosponsors would not have signed on before the summer break without this contact.
When we visited Congress last week, everyone we spoke to was already aware of the Amendment - a major change from just four months ago!
Our thanks and congratulations to you for your efforts to bring this vital issue to the attention of your Senators and Congressmen.
With help like yours, we will win!
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Tracking Our House Sponsors
H.J. Res. 42