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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2009
CONTACT: Suzanne Bibby (202) 544-0353
Eagle Forum Joins Hoekstra, DeMint in their Fight for Parents' Rights
Washington, D.C. — Eagle Forum, a leading conservative grassroots organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, joins Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI-2nd) and Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) today in support of parents' rights as they officially introduce the Parents' Rights Constitutional Amendment. Since its founding in 1972, Eagle Forum has been a staunch proponent and advocate of parents' fundamental right to direct the upbringing and education of their children, and it continues to oppose U.S. ratification of the 1989 United Nations Treaty known as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
"Parents' rights are fundamental, and they are under assault," stated Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly. "They should be respected by the public schools and government at all levels."
"We support a parents' rights amendment to the constitution because there is an ongoing effort among the American left for international law to trump U.S. state and federal laws, and they are aiming to accomplish this via UN treaty," Schlafly continued. "U.S. Supreme Court decisions, which have traditionally upheld parents' rights, should not be jeopardized or otherwise influenced by UN treaties."
Senator Barbara Boxer(D-CA) has started to push hard for Senate consideration and ratification of the treaty, and during a recent Senate confirmation hearing, she stated that it was a 'humiliation' that the U.S. hasn't ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
"I can tell you that the vast majority of Americans find it humiliating that any of our elected officials would publicly admit that the laws of countries like Pakistan, India, China, and Afghanistan, which all openly violate their own stated child labor and basic human rights laws, are something for which the U.S. should aspire," said Schlafly.
"We certainly don't need international busybodies interfering in American family life," Schlafly stated. "Our own public schools' and family courts' intrusion is enough to worry about, let alone the corrupt United Nations."
"Congress should get on board and support the Hoekstra and DeMint resolution," Schlafly concluded. "It's a winner for American families and it's a winner among American voters."
Rep. Hoekstra and Sen. DeMint will announce the introduction of their constitutional amendment during a joint press conference at 3pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, in the Upper Senate Park in Washington, D.C.