Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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January 15, 2014
Americans Unite to Demand Parents' Rights
Last Friday a group of parents gathered outside a Boston courthouse to protest the treatment of Justina Pelletier at the hands of Boston Children’s Hospital. Her parents, meanwhile, were inside waiting to learn when or if they could have their daughter back.

Parents coming together to protect the rights of a child who needs help – that is what is all about. And we are asking for your help this week as we again take this cause to the U.S. Congress.

The tragedy that Justina and her parents are facing is but one example of the threatened state of parental rights in America in 2014. We promised you an overview of parental rights’ status and that will be coming next week, as we are still wrapping up our research on the topic.

In the meantime, let’s call Congress again and urge support for HJRes. 50, the Parental Rights Amendment. Seventy congressmen have already signed on (see the list at Is your congressman among them?

If not, please take a moment right now to call. The House goes on recess from Friday through next week, so there is no time to put it off.

You can find your congressman’s contact information by clicking on your state at or using the shortcut[state], (where [state] is the two-letter abbreviation for your state; New York would be, for instance). Or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your congressman’s office by name.

Your message can be as simple as the following (but even better if it’s in your own words):

I am a voter concerned for the right of parents to make decisions for their children. Because of encroachment from over-zealous bureaucrats and international law, our families are more at risk than ever, and our courts are no longer protecting us consistently. That’s why we need to amend the Constitution to include traditional, common sense, rights for fit parents to make decisions for their families. Please contact Rep. Mark Meadows’ office and sign on as a cosponsor of HJRes. 50 (House Joint Resolution 50) to show your support for the protection of these rights. Thank you.

Remember to be courteous, even if your lawmaker or their staff do not agree with you. Your demeanor could ultimately encourage them to reconsider their view on the issue.

Then, why not pass this email to your friends and family and ask them to call as well? Together we can restore the legal protection for parental rights that the Supreme Court neglected in its Troxel v. Granville decision in 2000.

Thank you for standing with us to defend parental rights in the U.S. Constitution.


Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

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