A new push for an old belief: parents know best

Thursday, January 31, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

child in trouble with parentsCongress is being asked again to look out for the rights of parents.

Michael Ramey, executive director of Parental Rights.org, tells OneNewsNow it is a longtime tradition that parents have the right to oversee the upbringing of their children.

"But in the last 20 years or so, ever since the latest Supreme Court decision on parental rights really kind of lowered the legal standard that's required for protecting those rights," he warns, "we're seeing across the states, in the hospitals, in the courtrooms and doctor's offices, and in the schools, and wherever else, we're seeing an erosion of those rights."

Parents are kept out of the picture, information is kept from them, and their rights as parents are thwarted.

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana this week formally introduced a proposed constitutional amendment to protect the rights of parents, asking Congress to enshrine it in the U.S. Constitution.

Banks is a tea party Republican in the Democratic-controlled House, but Ramey says there are freshman Democrats communicating with his organization. 

"So we're hoping that some of that might translate in Congress," he predicts, "and we might actually see some Democrats get on board."

Any such proposal is a longshot: a two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress, then two-thirds of the state legislatures must vote in favor of it.

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