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Resource: The Constitutional Right to Parent

The highest courts in our state and nation have long recognized the constitutionally protected right of parents to raise their children. Despite this understanding within our system of laws, parents have increasingly had to fight against school boards, state and local governments, and other entities to preserve and protect their fundamental right to parent, especially when it comes to addressing important issues with their children, like sexuality, race, and other sensitive topics.

Our friends at the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law have written an overview of the law on this subject to help parents understand their constitutionally protected rights. This resource, entitled “Parents’ Constitutional Right to Parent Without Government Interference: What Every Parent Needs to Know,” highlights existing U.S. Supreme Court and N.C. Supreme Court rulings on parental rights, and explains how the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution “protects the fundamental right of parents to make decisions concerning the care, custody, and control of their children.”

“Knowledge is power,” said NC Family President John L. Rustin, “and the first step to protect their children against objectional materials, instruction, and activities is for parents to know their rights under the law. This valuable document arms parents with the information they need to better understand how the law recognizes and protects their primary role in the upbringing of their children. We encourage all parents to read it.”

As the resource concludes, “Parents have the right to raise their children, prepare them for the world, and shape their future.”


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