For Immediate Release
Contact: Beth Williams
Patricia Sullivan Signs on to Protect Parental Rights
Defending the Parental Rights of Americans against the United Nations, Patricia Sullivan Pledges to “Protect Children by Empowering Parents”
EUSTIS, FL – Patricia Sullivan, Congressional Candidate in Florida’s 8th District signs The Parental Rights Amendment Pledge supporting a Constitutional Amendment to prevent the adoption of any Treaty and the application of any International Law which may supersede, modify, interpret, or apply to the rights guaranteed by this amendment. Explicitly, protecting the rights of America’s children and defending the rights of parents from unreasonable government intrusion and maintaining the child-parent relationship is a foundational element of Patricia’s values and motivations. Yet our Representative Alan Grayson has failed to act on this important protection for parents and families.
Patricia agrees with ParentalRights.org that “parents play an irreplaceable role in the lives of their children”. “This fundamental relationship positively affects a child’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.” The U.S. Supreme Court has continually upheld the right of parents to maintain a strong involvement in their children’s lives. Millions of American families deeply value this tradition yet this essential relationship is endangered. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989 in Article 3(1) states, “In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” According to Geraldine Van Bueren stated in her International Rights of the Child, 2006, Section D page 46, that “Best interests provides decision and policy makers with the authority to substitute their own decisions for either the child’s or the parents’, providing it is based on considerations of the best interests of the child. Thus, the Convention challenges our concept that family life is always in the best interests of children and that parents are always capable of deciding what is best for children.”
The answer for Parents to address the state, federal, and international challenges to their rights is the Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. ParentalRights.org contends that without it, state and federal courts will continue to flounder in a sea of uncertainty. Without it, judges will continue to use Customary International Law to trump our freedoms based on foreign laws and decisions. Most importantly, only the Parental Rights Amendment can protect parent’s rights from international treaties. Only as a fundamental right expressly named in the Constitution can parental rights have any hope of surviving this twenty-first century world.
Thus, Patricia Sullivan has signed on pledging her support to the Parental Rights Amendment for the United States Constitution and the Joint Resolutions (SJ Res. 16 and HJ RES42). “To stop the use of international treaties from governing over policy in the United States on families and children as it is contrary to the principles of self-government and federalism, and, because the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child undermines traditional principles of law in the United States regarding parents and children.”
Learn more at www.PatriciaSullivanForCongress.com and http://parentalrights.org.
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