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April 2, 2014
Call on Congress to Stop the Madness!

The horrific state kidnapping case of Justina Pelletier has gained tremendous attention all over the country. And while we have made ourselves available to Liberty Counsel (as they represent the Pelletiers) and worked with several allies to draft and promote a bill in the Massachusetts legislature to stop such abuses in the future, there is still only one way to legally halt this tyranny against parents once and for all.

The proposed Parental Rights Amendment (PRA), HJRes. 50, would place into the text of the U.S. Constitution that the liberty of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their child is a fundamental right. Further, it would protect this liberty at the federal or the state level with “strict scrutiny,” the highest legal standard of review.

Under the proposed PRA, cases like Justina’s – where a child is taken from parents with no finding of imminent harm, abuse, or neglect – would virtually become a thing of the past.

Let’s face it: Parents should not be afraid to take their child to the emergency room!

That’s just one reason leaders on the resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives have set in motion a plan to get the PRA before the House Judiciary Committee for a formal hearing in the upcoming months. But we need your help.

Right now, 72 members of Congress have cosponsored HJRes50. That’s a respectable number, but not nearly as many as we need if we are looking for a committee hearing.

So we need to get your congressman on board.

Action Item: Call Blitz!

Please take a moment today – and maybe three times a week for the next two weeks – to call your congressman’s office and urge him to sign on. (To see if your congressman is already a cosponsor, check our list at

Your message can be as simple as the following, in your own words (you might consider using only one of the three examples provided):

I am deeply troubled by the state of parental rights in America. Justina Pelletier’s parents lost custody to Massachusetts because one doctor disagreed with another on her medical diagnosis. Sarah Herschberger’s parents had to flee the country with her to protect her health and preserve their parental rights. And while parents and even the NEA are opposed to the rise of Common Core, the courts have now determined in the Romeike case that parents don’t have a prior right to determine the type of education their children receive.

With these and other stories drawing such attention to the parental rights issue, I would strongly urge my congressman to take immediate action by cosponsoring HJRes 50, the proposed Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The liberty of parents to make decisions for their children is so fundamental that this Amendment shouldn’t even be necessary, but clearly it is.

I would be very disappointed if my own congressman won’t support the right of innocent parents to raise their children without government interference. Please contact Mark Meadows’ office and sign on as a cosponsor right away. Thank you.

You can reach your congressman through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or find their contact information by clicking on your state at (Or use our shortcut: just type followed by the two-letter abbreviation for your state. For instance, will take you to our Kansas page.)

Right now we have 72 cosponsors. Let’s see how many we can add by April 15. Together we can preserve the liberty of parents to protect their children – but even working together it will not be easy.

Thank you for standing with us and calling to encourage your lawmakers to stand up for your rights as well!

Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

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