|Declaration of Independence|
In a long series of cases, the United States Supreme Court has held that the right to liberty includes "the fundamental liberty interest of natural parents in the care, custody, and management of their child."
|Bill of Rights|
Nevertheless states effectively abrogate this right through laws allowing natural parents to lose their children through procedures that are far from fair. States allow mothers to sign irrevocable consents to adoption, often within minutes of birth, or even worse, to sign consents before birth with only a short revocation period. States do not require any counseling for mothers about the effects of adoption on themselves or their children or about services which would help them nurture their children. States effectively deny fathers any process at all. Once children are adopted, most states deny them the right to know who their natural parents are.
|Lost Daughter Megan and Jane with Abe|
On this Fourth of July, as we enjoy our hot dogs and beer and fireworks, let's dedicate ourselves to passing laws to protect parents' fundamental right to the care, custody, and management of their children and to the right of children to be raised by their human creators.
The above post is from 2012. Our moral conviction is bolstered by scientific research documenting the harm to children from separation from loving parents in a new report from the American Bar Association Children's Rights Litigation Committee. Separating children from loving parents causes trauma and leads to worse outcomes for the children. Although the report is designed to help attorneys representing children and parents separated at the border by President Trump's immigration policies, it's written in layperson's language and well worth reading by all who support family preservation.
So while you are celebrating with friends and family over the long weekend, take a moment to consider how cruelly families--refugees from climate change and the gang violence that results from starvation-level poverty--are being separated today at our border. The pictures of people crowded with only mylar blankets for warmth and privacy are heart-breaking.--jane
Trauma Caused by Separation of Children from Parents (May, 2019)
Federal Inspectors Release Photos to Blast DHS for ‘Dangerous’ Overcrowding at Border Facilities