||February 1, 2012|
No action is needed at this time. HSLDA will continue to monitor this bill and will send out action alerts if it is scheduled for a committee hearing.
H.R. 973 will prohibit federal judges from using international law to decide any issue in a case.
|3/9/2011||Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary|
|2/1/2012||Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution|
Sponsor: Representative Sandy Adams (FL-24)
There are dangerous United Nations treaties and a growing body of international law that has been created by unelected foreign bureaucrats. These treaties and international laws would severely restrict parental rights and homeschool freedom if brought into United States law. HSLDA believes that we need to protect the integrity of our judicial system to ensure that courts and judges only use the Constitution and domestic law in their decisions. H.R. 973 would ensure that federal judges could not look to unratified U.N. treaties (like the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child) and international law as precedent in their opinions.
| Other Resources|
Washington Times Op-ed—“U.N. Treaty Might Weaken Families”
Court Report—“Can America Protect Parental Rights?”