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July 1, 2016

What Do HSLDA, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham Have in Common?

Andrew Mullins,
Deputy Director, HSLDA Federal Relations


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On June 29, 2016, the Parental Rights Amendment was again introduced in the U.S. Senate. Sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham (SC), John McCain (AZ), Johnny Isakson (GA), Roy Blunt (MO), and James Risch (ID), this constitutional amendment has been introduced in Congress for the past four sessions.

Andrew Mullins ANDREW MULLINS Federal Relations deputy director

If ratified, this amendment would add to the Constitution a crystal-clear affirmation that parents have the right to direct the care, education, and upbringing of their children. It also would explicitly give parents the right to choose private schools and homeschools as an alternative to public education, and would prevent international law from being used to supersede these parental rights.

You can read the full text of the amendment here.

The Parental Rights Amendment will make parental rights explicit, rather than implied. This change in status would go a long way towards protecting these crucial rights for families in the U.S.

In recent years, the need for this amendment has been highlighted, thanks to a troubling trend of United Nations involvement in domestic policy. International treaties like the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, CEDAW, and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities threaten to undermine U.S. sovereignty and put critical decision-making power into the hands of unelected international bureaucrats.

HSLDA is proud to be partnering with in advancing the Parental Rights Amendment. Please contact your U.S. senators and urge them to support this important amendment.