2013 Regular Session
By: Representatives Brown (20th), Formby
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING PARENTAL RIGHTS.
WHEREAS, the State of Mississippi recognizes that the right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is a fundamental right, and historically, our nation has relied first and foremost upon parents to meet the real and constant needs of children; and
WHEREAS, the interests of children are best served when parents are free to make child-rearing decisions about education, religion and other aspects of a child's life without government interference; and
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court, in the case of Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972), held that "This primary role of the parents in the upbringing of their children is now established beyond debate as an enduring American tradition"; and
WHEREAS, however, in the case of Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000), six (6) justices of the United States Supreme Court filed opinions on the nature and enforceability of parental rights under the Constitution of the United States, and the number of written opinions in the Troxel v. Granville case has created confusion and ambiguity about the fundamental nature of parental rights in the laws and society of the several states; and
WHEREAS, the State of Mississippi seeks to prevent erosion of the enduring American tradition of treating parental rights as fundamental rights; and
WHEREAS, it is the opinion of this Legislature that we should preserve these parental rights from being infringed upon by shifting ideologies and interpretations of the United States Supreme Court:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE SENATE CONCURRING THEREIN, That the State of Mississippi recognizes that the liberty of parents to direct the upbringing, education and care of their children, which encompasses all forms of care including healthcare and whether parents choose to vaccinate their children, is a fundamental right.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution shall be transmitted to each member of the delegation of the State of Mississippi in the Congress of the United States and to members of the Capital Press Corps.