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House Concurrent Resolution 38 urges the U.S. Congress to propose and submit to the state for ratification the Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Since 2000, the courts have been ambivalent as to whether or not parental rights constitute a fundamental right. To complicate matters, international law is finding its way into American jurisprudence, with the Senate likely to consider the ratification of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child sometime in the near future. If this treaty were ratified, it would become the supreme law of the land under Article VI of the United States Constitution (which makes treaties signed by the U.S. equivalent to Acts of Congress and subordinate only to the Constitution’s text). The Convention on the Rights of the Child would radically alter the American flow of power and family structure, wresting authority from parents and giving it to the courts, and in some cases, to the United Nations. HSLDA continues to uphold the right of parents, not an 18-member international panel, to decide what is best for America’s children.
02/06/2013 House Introduced.
02/19/2013 House Referred to Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility.
04/12/2013 House Scheduled for hearing on April 17, 2013.
04/17/2013 House Considered in public hearing; Testimony taken; Registrations recorded; Left pending in committee.
04/24/2013 House Considered in formal meeting; reported favorably without amendment.
04/30/2013 House Committee report distributed and sent to Calendars.
Bill died before it came to a vote in the House.
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