Protecting parental rights for generations to come happens one step at a time.
We are continuing to champion the Parental Rights Amendment (PRA) to the Texas Constitution, which aims to recognize and protect the fundamental rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit.
Where are we?
At the beginning of April, the Senate version of the amendment, SJR 70, was heard in the Senate State Affairs Committee. This is a significant step forward in the legislative process, and it is an exciting development for those who have been advocating for parental rights.
Jeremy Newman, the Vice President of Policy and Engagement for the Family Freedom Project, testified in support of the bill during the hearing. In his testimony, he highlighted the clear protections that the PRA would provide to families and urged the committee members to support the bill.
Next, the bill will be voted upon by the committee. If the bill passes the committee, it will move on to the full Senate for further consideration and voting.
In addition to SJR 70, there is an identical bill in the Texas House that has been referred to the House State Affairs Committee and is waiting for a hearing.
The progress of the Parental Rights Amendment is encouraging for those who value parental rights and want to ensure that parents have the legal right to make decisions for their children. The amendment has the potential to protect families from government overreach and ensure that parents can raise their children in a way that aligns with their values and beliefs.
With continued support and advocacy, there is hope that the Parental Rights Amendment will eventually be added to the Texas Constitution, providing much-needed protections for parents and families.