Parental Rights: The Culture War Continues

I firmly believe in the separation of Church and state, but beginning with the Reagan era, the religious right has worked it’s way into the GOP and has begun dictating their policy positions and well as introducing religion into our legislation.  A case in point has been the number of abortion-related bills, the proposed defunding of Planned Parenthood, the Defense of Marriage act, voter suppression bills, ‘papers-please’ style immigration profiling, and bills on “parental rights.”

If Mitt Romney and more Tea Party ilk are allowed to win the November election, you can expect that culture war items like these bills will not just be proposed in the next session of Congress, but they’ll be passed as the law of the land.  Do not give this election a pass … volunteer to help out walking door-to-door or making calls to help people understand the stakes we face this election or help out at voter registration drives … but most of all … know WHO you’ll be voting for and WHY you’ll be voting for them.  We can’t just take a nap during the 2012 election as too many did during the 2010 election.

HJRes 110 and SJRes 42
A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution relative to parental rights.

SRes 99
Expressing the sense of the Senate that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child undermines principles of law in the US.

The Parental Consent Act (S 1800 and HR 2769)
Prohibits the use of Federal funds for any universal or mandatory mental health screening program.

The Religious and Parental Rights Defense Act (HR 2400)
Prevents States from prohibiting male circumcision.

The Parental Notification and Intervention Act (S 1005)
Provides for parental notification and intervention in the case of a minor seeking an abortion.

The Parental Title Protection Act (HR 635)
Requires that all Federal agencies, contractors, and government-sponsored enterprises use the words “mother” and “father” when describing parents in all official documents and forms.

The Enhancing the Quality of Parental Legal Representation Act (HR 3873)
Provides funds to State courts for the provision of legal representation to parents and legal guardians with respect to child welfare cases.