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Click on a title below to access either an individual article (denoted by an asterisk) or a set of articles published as a Special Report. The issue of publication appears in parentheses.

Special Reports for " Law"

Do We Need the Parental Rights Amendment?

A constitutional battle is being fought on the borderline where the right of parents to raise their children without government interference meets the duty of the state to protect children from abusive guardians.
Illustration by Marcia Klioze Hughes/THe World & I 

What is the proper relationship among the state, parents, and children? If the state (in the form of its judges, schools, social workers, ...

Parental Rights: An Overview
The issue of parental rights in the face of government intervention is not a new one in this country ...

The Parental Rights Amendment
Who should decide what is in the best interest of a child? Ask this question to any cross-section of American society, and you are likely to hear one answer over and over: parents. ...

What's Wrong With Parental Rights?
On November 5, 1996, Colorado voters rejected a proposed Parental Rights Amendment (PRA) to their state constitution. What began as a seemingly innocuous statement became the most hotly contested issue on a crowded ballot. Guaranteeing parents the inalienable right to raise their children as they see fit hardly seems controversial. If anything, the PRA merely recited a self-evident truism. Parents, as parents, should have the right to be parents. Why did over 57 percent of the Colorado electorate oppose a simple amendment adding a mere sixteen words to the state constitution? ...

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