Amendment to Protect Parental Rights Now in Both Houses of Congress

Could This Be the Issue That Finally Unites Congress?

Press Contact:
Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

Representative Contact: Representatives interested in cosponsoring H. J. Res. 121 should contact Doug Thomas in Representative Hultgren’s office.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // November 16, 2017 // Washington, D.C.

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Key Facts

  • Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL) introduced legislation in the U.S. House to propose a Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Hultgren’s House Joint Resolution 121 had 15 original cosponsors at its introduction on Thursday, November 16.
  • A parallel resolution, SJRes. 48, was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Lindsey Graham in August.
  • The Amendment, which would provide that “[t]he liberty of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children is a fundamental right,” requires a two-thirds vote in each house of Congress to go to the states for ratification. This means bipartisan support will be necessary for its passage.
Rep. Hultgren lobbyist Will Estrada & President Jim Mason with Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL 14), lead sponsor of the Parental Rights Amendment in the House

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Jim Mason

Jim Mason, President of
“We are grateful to Representative Hultgren for taking up this vital issue before Congress. Parental rights is a crucial battle that too few are talking about. Every other question, whether of politics, religion, values, or ideology, hinges on the right of good parents to raise their children in a way that is true to them.”

Allyson Folmar

Allison Folmar, Detroit-Area Family Law Attorney
“Parental rights affect us all, regardless of race or belief, across every community or demographic. Absolutely, this Amendment should have bipartisan support. In fact, it should have universal support.

Shaun Alexander

Shaun Alexander, 2005 NFL MVP and Vice President of

"I am still amazed with how much authority the courts have over parents' rights today. With the Parental Rights Amendment now introduced in both houses of Congress, we can begin to push back and win for all parents authority for how to raise their own children. The Parental Rights Amendment will protect the greatest team ever assembled—the family."


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