papayapetunia, oh I am so glad to see a lawyer here!
I am so glad you defended those parents.
The way I understand it, is that HSLDA is concerned that parental rights, at this point, are only protected by how the courts perceive them
, since parental rights are not explicitly mentioned in the contitution. So, today the case law protects parental rights for the most part, but HSLDA believes those rights are being eroded over time, and so the only real solution is an amendment.
I know you may not totally agree, but do you understand what I am trying to say?
I mean, just go look at the New York state third-party visitation statue. A court can basicly intervene in a fit, intact family at any time, and order visitation against both parent's desires. How does that protect a parent's 'fundamental' right?
Just go to www.parentsrights.org
to read what fit parents are going thru today. Or ask mom2-3 here.
There are many examples like that. Does anyone remember a year or so ago, the media coverage on the judge that would not allow a mother to move to her new job, because the grandmother had visitation rights and didn't want them to move? These things happen and are real. Can you imagine the emotionial trauma to the family, not to mention the financial hardship from the court battle?
Several months ago (I was told) that Parenting or Parents magazine did an article on a mother who was molested by her father as a child, and the court ordered her own daughter to have visitation with the man anyway, obviously against the mother's wishes.
These are just the third-party visitation issues. HSLDA is also very concerned with parent's rights to HS, parent's right to not vax, etc. These choices are all parent's rights issues.
papayapetunia, maybe you can explain it to me... but how can a right be fundamental if it is not in the constitution? and if parental rights are fundamental, why are all the things I mentioned happening today, after the USSC decided on Troxel?