AFA of PA encourages Christians, through education, to become involved in pro-family issues in their community, state and the nation. This is some of what has been going on in the Commonwealth and the nation.
Troxel v. Granville also contains language that would seem to uphold the traditional view of fundamental parental rights. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court Justices vacated the earlier strict scrutiny test that required proof of harm before the government could interfere with parental rights, instead granting to judges the power to balance parental rights on aby-case basis. Prior to 2000, our nation consistently maintained that parents possess a fundamental implied right to raise their children as they see fit. That is no longer true in the United States!
As conscientious parents, the Ferrises wanted to know what treatments their daughter was receiving. But when the Ferrises continued to question whether certain treatments were actually necessary for their daughter, the hospital called social services.
The social services investigator refused to tell Jodi the allegations of the investigation but insisted that she sign a safety plan. When Jodi asked to wait until her husband returned from checking on the rest of their children before signing, the social worker called the police. Without a court order, the Ferrises’ daughter was taken into emergency custody, and the police and hospital security escorted the Ferrises out of the hospital. The next day a judge returned the newborn to her parents.
Remember Justina Pelletier? She’s the 15 year old who was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease in 2012. In February 2013 she was taken to Boston’s Children’s Hospital because of the flu. There her diagnosis was replaced with somatoform disorder, a psychiatric condition. When her parents disagreed, Justina was removed from their custody and the next month a judge granted the Department of Children and Families permanent custody of Justina. Her regular medical team nor her parents were able to convince the State of Massachusetts that they were wrong. This nightmare went on for 490 days, while Justina’s physical condition continued to deteriorate. She is now safely home with her parents and under the care of her regular medical team.
Here in the US parents are losing the right to raise their own children.
Senate Bill 27 has to do with the exchange of information between child protective services (CPS) and medical practitioners during an investigation by CPS for abuse or neglect. It would eliminate the traditional physician-patient privilege by which physicians are required to keep medical information confidential.It would also entitle medical practitioners to obtain information about investigations from CPS that have nothing to do with a child’s health.
According to Senator Reid the Senate will vote to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by the end of the week. If this treaty is ratified it will become the supreme law of the land. This United Nations treaty will undermine parental rights and our very Constitution. U.S ratification of the CRPD would subject our domestic law to United Nations standards and oversight.
A vote had been scheduled last Thursday in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD). However, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) led an effort to prevent that from happening. Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) announced at that time that he will instead hold the markup on July 26, the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Didn’t the United States pass the Americans with Disabilities Act a couple decades ago? Why do we now need the United Nations having a say in this matter? President Obama signed the Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons treaty on July 30, 2009 and sent it the Senate for ratification! It remained in limbo until it became apparent to liberals in the Senate that they were not going to be able to muster the necessary votes to get the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) ratified — which went down in defeat earlier today when 31 Senators announced their opposition to it.
As you may recall there’s been an ongoing effort to get a Parental Rights Amendment to the US Constitution passed in order to protect parental rights from UN intrusion. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child poses many problems and if that treaty is ratified by the US Senate, all parental rights laws in the US will be null and void!
Today the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide educational group advocating for the rights of parents and the protection of children, faxed the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) with one simple question: “Do you agree with the National Education Association?”