OKLAHOMA CITY (March 30, 2012) – The Oklahoma House of Representatives has approved a resolution calling on Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution with a Parental Rights Amendment.
“It is clear that children are best served when parents have the freedom to make child-rearing decisions about education, religion, and other areas of a child’s life without state interference,” said state Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee. “The primary role of parents is to raise their children and they should have the ability to do so without their right being dictated by the United Nations.”
House Concurrent Resolution 1028, by Faught, addresses the impending threat of the U.N.’s Rights of the Child Treaty, which many human rights groups are pressuring the U.S. Senate to ratify by Nov. 20 of this year.
House Concurrent Resolution 1028 calls on Congress to act immediately to prevent the treaty from being passed by adding a Parental Rights Amendment to the Constitution. The United Nation’s Rights of the Child Treaty only needs the Senate and the President’s approval for ratification. Congress and the states individually have no say in the matter.
The proposed constitutional amendment would declare, “The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is a fundamental right.” It would also state, “No treaty may be adopted nor shall any source of international law be employed to supersede, modify, interpret, or apply to the rights guaranteed by this article.”
Oklahoma is one of several states urging support for a Parental Rights Amendment at the federal level. HCR1028 now heads to the state Senate for approval.