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June 9, 2014

Parental Rights Amendment Returns to the U.S. Senate

The Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (PRA), which would preserve the longstanding traditional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children, has again been introduced in the U.S. Senate. Senate Joint Resolution 37 (SJRes. 37) was introduced on Wednesday by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to propose the amendment for consideration.

This marks the third straight session of Congress in which the PRA has been introduced in the Senate. Senator Graham has been a sponsor of each effort and is now taking up the lead role for the first time. (Former Senator Jim DeMint, also of South Carolina, led in the last two Congresses.)

Action Item

This introduction has happened very quickly, with virtually no chance to enlist original cosponsors. To date, only Senator Grassley of Iowa has joined Senator Graham on the resolution. We would like to change that.

Please take a moment to call your senators and ask them to cosponsor SJRes. 37, the Parental Rights Amendment. You can reach them through the Capitol Switchboard at (202)-224-3121, or find their information by clicking on your state at

With the Pelletier case in Massachusetts and the state of parental rights in America today, it should be pretty easy to come up with examples of why this Amendment is necessary. So just give them the following message in your own words:

I am calling to encourage my senator to cosponsor SJRes. 37, the Parental Rights Amendment. I agree with the more than 90% of Americans who believe in the traditional role of parents as the primary decision-makers for children. But these rights are being eroded by courts, bureaucrats, hospitals, and schools. Please support this simple Amendment to preserve these rights for our children and future generations.
You might also ask for a written response to your request, which you can share with us via email to

The following senators are former cosponsors, so your message to them might include thanks for supporting parental rights in the past: Senators Barrasso, Blunt, Boozman, Chambliss, Coburn, Enzi, Inhofe, Isakson, Lee, Moran, Risch, Rubio, and Vitter.

Thank you for taking time now to act on this vital issue in the U.S. Senate.


Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

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