CLF Publishes White Paper on Parental Rights

Today, the Civitas Institute Center for Law and Freedom (CLF) published a white paper explaining the basics of parental rights under the United States Constitution. The nine-page memo discusses the basics of what parental rights are, and how they forbid the government from interjecting itself into the parent-child relationship in certain situations:

The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly held that parents have a right, rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause, to direct the education and upbringing of their children. This right runs to parents against the State and allows parents to, in certain situations, stop the government from mandating that their children do or refrain from doing certain things. It is important for parents to be informed on the nature and limitations of these rights before sending their children into a public school setting.

You can read the entire paper by clicking here. Special thanks to CLF law clerks Shavonn Bennette and Felicia Hyde for their contributions to this project.


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