UNCRC–Death Knell for Parental Rights


Change Looming on the Horizon

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international human rights treaty that grants all children and young people (aged 17 and under) a comprehensive set of rights.  When a country ratifies the convention it agrees to do everything it can to implement it.

Sounds great doesn’t it?  Rights for children is always of ultimate importance.  We should all be eager to adopt this measure in our own country as well right?

Chillingly, there are many in the new Obama Administration who see UNCRC in this light and who are actively promoting the ratification of this international law in the United States.

See this information from www.parentalrights.org :

International law that seeks to empower the government to intrude upon the child-parent relationship is becoming an increasing threat. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), a seemingly harmless treaty with dangerous implications for American families, is approaching possible ratification by the United States.

If this treaty is made binding upon our country, the government would have the power to intervene in any child’s life to advance its definition of “the best interests of the child.” The scenarios that could occur—and are occurring—as a result of this dangerous notion are both manifold and frightening.

Under the UNCRC, instead of following due process, government agencies would have the power to override your parental choices at their whim because they determine what is in “the best interest of the child.”

In essence, the UNCRC applies the legal status of abusive parents to all parents. This means that the burden of proof falls on the parent to prove to the State that they are good parents—when it should fall upon the State to prove that their investigation is not without cause.

Our nation has consistently maintained that parents possess a fundamental right to raise their children as they see fit. This belief has been upheld by our judiciary in numerous Supreme Court cases that reflect the American people’s longstanding commitment to parental rights.

UNCRC has been ratified in many countries across the world, and we can see the effect it is having on the erosion of parental rights, and the increasing intrusion of government into the family.

There is pressure here in the states to conform to this international law, in fact, the U.S. has already signed the convention, but not ratified it.  To date, there are only two countries which have not ratified the UNCRC, the United States, and Somalia.

President-elect Barack Obama has described the failure to ratify the Convention as ’embarrassing’ and has promised to review it as president.

The United States is a mere vote away from ratifying this convention, doing so would be the ultimate death knell for the preeminence of parental rights, which are ultimately the greatest natural protection children have.

–Beetle Blogger



  1. January 12, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I wonder how these laws will play out in real life? I guess only time will tell. Governments should be attempting to encourage virtue in society not make law after law to tell us what we can and cannot do. Let the people govern themselves through good virtues.

  2. beetlebabee said,

    January 12, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I agree, legislating morality is impossible. You cannot legislate a people into utopia. No amount of laws is sufficient for that. Law ought to be more of a guiding principle. Civilization vs. anarchy relies heavily on the people choosing to do right. Yes families can be imperfect, but so can government agents. I would take my chances with families any day.

  3. Euripides said,

    January 12, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    The US typically doesn’t do anything that the UN passes. We’ll see what Obama really has in mind, but he has two things going for him: he can’t screw up and make Blacks look bad, and he doesn’t really have any “in” with Congress as far as I know. I think we’ll see Congress and Obama at odds with each other over quite a few things.

  4. beetlebabee said,

    January 12, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Democrat president, Democrat led Senate and Democrat held House? I don’t know. Seems like all the roadblocks have gone by the wayside.

  5. February 9, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    […] Educated!  Senate ratification of the UNCRC would be the death knell for Parental Rights as we know them.  We can’t let the opposition redefine and overturn state parental rights […]

  6. bettlebailey said,

    January 25, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Ratification takes 2/3 vote of senate. Won’t happen.

  7. May 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm

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