In the spring of 2009, the proposed Parental Rights Amendment to the Constitution was introduced in the U.S. Senate as S.J. Res 16 and in the U. S. House as H.J. Res 42. The legislation has been initiated in view of the incessant attack on parental rights and family values by the courts and the increasing dependence of judges on international law. One primary impetus for the amendment is as a protection against the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which has been signed by all UN member nations except the United States and Somalia.
(The U.S. has signed but not ratified the treaty since it would become supreme law of the land, above the Constitution. Opponents believe it would undermine the authority of parents, allow the state to have too much control over “the best interests of the child”, and give the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child authority to make rulings in domestic matters. Based on actions against homeschoolers already taken in countries such as Germany, Sweden, and England, parents’ rights to homeschool become incidental in matters the state believes to be harmful practices for the youth.)
Over the last 18 months, this amendment initiative has made tremendous strides among citizenry and elected officials.