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Erica Galindo
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Last edited on: December 15, 2011.

Please Call to Prevent Police State Parenting

Traditionally, the Supreme Court “has recognized that natural bonds of affection lead parents to act in the best interests of their children.” Whatever the parents decide, it is presumed to be what is best for the child, absent a showing that it is in fact abusive or negligent.

One of the greatest dangers of ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child is the “Best Interest of the Child” principle, which replaces this presumption with the idea that the government must decide what is best instead.

Now, the Senate is considering S. 1877, a bill that would also create an environment of hostility against parents and against the presumption of innocence.

Introduced by Sen. Bob Casey and Sen. Barbara Boxer, S. 1877 would make every adult a “mandatory reporter” of child abuse or neglect. This will destroy the presumption of innocence and lead to an increase in unfounded investigations of innocent families, taking resources from the truly abused children who need protection. Even worse, the bill would introduce the national government into family law, opening the door for much more federal intrusion into families.

If we do not want to find ourselves trying to raise children in a police state, we must oppose this dangerous legislation.

Action Items

To read a detailed review of S. 1877 from our lawyer friends at Home School Legal Defense Association, click here.

Then, if your Senator is on the Subcommittee on Children and Families, please call their office and urge them to oppose S. 1877. You might tell them something like the following:

“I am concerned that S. 1877, which is scheduled for a committee hearing today, will lead to privacy violations and allegations of abuse or neglect against innocent families because of mandatory reporting requirements for adults. Additionally, S. 1877 will greatly increase the federal government’s role in social services investigations, cluttering the system and making it harder to find children who are truly at risk.”

The members of the Committee are as follows:

Barbara Mikulski (MD)
Patty Murray (WA)
Bernard Sanders (VT)
Robert Casey (PA)
Kay Hagan (NC)
Jeff Merkley (OR)
Al Franken (MN)
Michael Bennet (CO)
Richard Blumenthal (CT)
Tom Harkin (IA)
Richard Burr (NC)
Lamar Alexander (TN)
Johnny Isakson (GA)
Rand Paul (KY)
John McCain (AZ)
Pat Roberts (KS)
Mark Kirk (IL)
Michael Enzi (WY)

Thank you for standing with us to protect innocent families across America.


Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

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