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Federal Legislation
February 1, 2012

H.R. 973—To Prevent the Misuse of Foreign Law in Federal Courts

Action Requested:
No action is needed at this time. HSLDA will continue to monitor this bill and will send out action alerts if it is scheduled for a committee hearing.

H.R. 973 will prohibit federal judges from using international law to decide any issue in a case.

3/9/2011 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
2/1/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution

Sponsor: Representative Sandy Adams (FL-24)

Bill Summary and Status H.R. 973

HSLDA’s Position:

Talking Points:
There are dangerous United Nations treaties and a growing body of international law that has been created by unelected foreign bureaucrats. These treaties and international laws would severely restrict parental rights and homeschool freedom if brought into United States law. HSLDA believes that we need to protect the integrity of our judicial system to ensure that courts and judges only use the Constitution and domestic law in their decisions. H.R. 973 would ensure that federal judges could not look to unratified U.N. treaties (like the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child) and international law as precedent in their opinions.

 Other Resources

“Nannies in Blue Berets: Understanding the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child”

Washington Times Op-ed—“U.N. Treaty Might Weaken Families”

“CEDAW and the International Threat to Homeschool Freedom”

“CEDAW and Homeschooling Families”

Court Report“A Deeper Understanding of the Threat of International Law”

Court Report“Can America Protect Parental Rights?”