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Parental rights are not protected

The law does not uphold a parents right when teens challenge them

The decision of the New Jersey court could set a precedent for parents across the U.S. In New Jersey, an 18 year old is suing her parents for financial support could set a precedent for parents across the US. This case involves two sets of parents, the parents of Rachel Canning, trying to set limits for their daughter, and the parents of Canning’s friend, encouraging the teen to sue her parents for support to finance Canning’s rebellion.

“Rachel Canning, 18, alleges in her lawsuit that her parents forced her out of their Lincoln Park, New Jersey home, and that she is unable to support herself financially. The lawsuit asks that her parents pay the remaining tuition for her last semester at her private high school, pay her current living and transportation expenses, commit to paying her college tuition and pay her legal fees for the suit she filed against her parents. Her parents say she left home because she didn't want to obey their rules.” (CNN)

The laws protecting parental rights are on a slippery slope. While laws were established to protect children that are abused or neglected, these same laws affect the rights of responsible parents. The only thing that stands between a parents right to education and discipline their children and the loss of that right is the parental rights laws established in their state of residence.

In Missouri, parental rights are not guaranteed. This applies to more than custody, it applies to the rights of parents to discipline teens and set expectations for behavior. For a list of all states and their action on the Parental Rights Amendment click here


  • SECTION 1 - The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children is a fundamental right.
  • SECTION 2 - The parental right to direct education includes the right to choose public, private, religious, or home schools, and the right to make reasonable choices within public schools for one's child.
  • SECTION 3 - neither the United States nor any state shall infringe these rights without demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served.
  • SECTION 4 - This article shall not be construed to apply to a parental action or decision that would end life.
  • SECTION 5 - No treaty may be adopted nor shall any source of international law be employed to supersede, modify, interpret, or apply to the rights guaranteed by this article.
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