Parents have the Biblical responsibility, and thus the right, to provide for, protect, nurture, and disciple their children. (Deut. 6:4-9, Eph. 6:4, 1 Tim. 5:8) The government was instituted to protect our God-given rights, including the rights of parents to the care, custody, and control of their children. The United States Supreme Court has affirmed: “the child is not the mere creature of the State; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.” Id. (citing Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510, 534-35 (1925)).
For most of United States history, a parent’s right to the care, custody, and control of their children was assumed. However, the assumption that now influences our policy makers is that children are wards of the state, and can be given to or taken from parents at will.
The rights of parents are now being circumvented in the education system and in the medical field. Messages are being promoted through media that encourage children to distrust their parents and assert their autonomy. Policies are being written that are chipping away at the rights that parents assume they safely possess.