Today, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Jim Jordan, Madeleine Dean, and Debbie Lesko — leaders of the House Judiciary Committee — to express strong opposition to H.J.Res. 99 and urge them to soundly reject the proposal to radically alter the U.S. Constitution with a parental rights amendment.

Excerpt from the letter:

The role of parents in the protection and well-being of children is vital and an important part of FFCC’s advocacy. In fact, it is why FFCC has supported numerous policies and pieces of legislation that respect and support the critically important role of parents, including the Child Tax Credit, Family First Prevention Services Act, the Homeless Children and Youth Act, Healthy Families Act, Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act, Family-Based Care Services Act, Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, and other legislation that encourages parental involvement in schools and prevents the separation of migrant children from their parents and families, which violates the rights and best interests of both parents and their children.

Tragically, H.J.Res. 99 fails to recognize that both parental and child rights must be supported. By undermining even the most limited current protections for children, H.J.Res. 99 would create greater threats to the safety, education, health, and well-being of children. Therefore, FFCC strongly opposes Rep. Lesko’s proposed “parental rights” constitutional amendment.

Read the full letter here