What Does "Strict Scrutiny" Mean?

"Strict scrutiny" requires that any law infringing a fundamental right must be narrowly tailored to serve a compelling governmental interest by the least restrictive means. This is the same test applied to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and so forth.

If courts are applying "strict scrutiny" to parental rights, it means that they are treating parental rights as a fundamental right.

While state laws and court precedent can change, the Parental Rights Amendment would establish parental rights as a fundamental right across the nation.