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April 9, 2014
Keep Calling for Parental Rights
Last week we asked you to call your congressman and encourage him or her to support the Parental Rights Amendment by becoming a cosponsor of HJRes. 50. But the House is scheduled to launch a two-week spring recess on Friday.

So for the next two days we need to redouble our efforts.

Please take a moment and call your congressman again, urging support for HJRes. 50, the Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

You can find your congressman’s contact information by clicking on your state at Or you can ask for their office by name through the Capitol Switchboard, 202-224-3121.

If you don’t know what to say, you can find a sample message in last week’s newsletter available online here.

Pelletier Update
There have been no official changes to the Pelletier case. Justina remains an official ward of the state as decided in Judge Joseph Johnston’s family court on March 25. The family is scheduled to return to court in June.

However, efforts outside his courtroom are ongoing. Liberty Counsel, which represents the Pelletier parents, has alluded to the possibility of an appeal to federal courts or to the Massachusetts Supreme Court. They have also mentioned the possibility of filing for a writ of habeas corpus in a federal court – that is, an order by the federal court requiring that the state of Massachusetts immediately surrender Justina Pelletier back into her parents’ care.

Additionally, a bill has been submitted to the Massachusetts legislature to demand Justina’s immediate release by the state. And then there is our own bill, yet to be introduced, which would protect the right of parents who are following medical advice by one physician, from being charged with medical neglect for disagreeing with treatment prescribed by another physician.

While Liberty Counsel works in the courtroom, we will continue to work in the halls of the legislature to protect the right of parents like the Pelletiers to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children.

Of course, the best solution is the Parental Rights Amendment. So please take a moment now to call, and then to pass this email on to anyone you think would be interested. Working together, we can protect children by empowering parents against an intrusive, power-hungry government.

Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

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