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Parental Bill of Rights Petition

I support and ask that our General Assembly pass a Parental Bill of Rights

It is well-settled that the interest of parents in the care, custody, and control of their children is perhaps the oldest of the recognized fundamental liberty interests protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. This fundamental liberty interest is rooted in the fundamental right of privacy from interference in making important decisions relating to marriage, family relationships, and child rearing and education. These rights may not be intruded upon absent a compelling state interest.


The “Parents’ Bill of Rights,” enumerates rights of parents with respect to their minor child for education, health care and criminal justice procedures.


I support the Parental Bill of Rights because of how different state entities and institutions interact with our children and families and the sporadic nature of laws throughout our statutes. It doesn't give a clear picture of the obligation they have to interact with that family. Therefore, by putting it all into one statute, by codifying the standard set forth in case law - most people do not consult case law - so by doing that all in one place, we give a guide to the state entities or institutions who interact with our children, a guide for what their obligation is.


A Parental Bill of Rights Chapter will provide parents with one place to go where they can understand what their rights are. Stronger families mean a stronger nation.Families must feel secure in their liberty to raise their children according to the dictates of their conscience.


Parents should be applauded, not penalized, for investing time in the discipline and nurturing of their children.


Parents, not social workers or teachers, are best positioned to make decisions for their children. Other than in cases of genuine child abuse, which should be treated as a crime, the fundamental right of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children should, in every case, trump the policy objectives of bureaucrats and social workers.


Parental Bill of Rights legislation will help re-establish the sanctity of the home as a fundamental principle of liberty for our free society.