Cortney O'Brien

On Sunday, the liberal progressive group Battleground Texas, whose goal it is to "Turn Texas Blue," released an email to supporters outlining the Texas GOP vs. Texas Democrats platform. One contrast they made, was that while GOP are rejecting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Democrats are fighting to improve children’s health.

UNICEF defines The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as such:

The Convention changed the way children are viewed and treated – i.e., as human beings with a distinct set of rights instead of as passive objects of care and charity.

So why would Texas Republicans be opposed to such a seemingly worthy project?

Well, not included in Battleground Texas’s misleading email was that this convention would put more parental responsibility in the hands of the government. ParentalRights.org outlines “20 things you need to know” about the UN convention and how it is contributing to a loss of parental rights:

“The best interest of the child principle would give the government the ability to override every decision made by every parent if a government worker disagreed with the parent’s decision.”

What’s more, the UN convention also promotes abortion:

“Children would have the right to reproductive health information and services, including abortions, without parental knowledge or consent.”

It’s no wonder the Texas GOP is concerned with this convention. Consider this text from the Texas GOP platform on both parental rights and the right to life:

PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN

Parental Rights and Responsibilities ? We believe that parental rights, authority and responsibilities are inherent and protected by the United States Constitution. Local, state, or federal laws, regulations, or policies shall not be enacted that limit parental rights in the rearing of both biological and adopted children. Parents have the right and responsibility to direct and guide their children’s moral education. We strongly support a Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Party Candidates and the Platform on Protecting Innocent Human Life - We implore our Party to support, financially or with in-kind contributions, only those candidates who support protecting innocent human life.

The Charter of the United Nations claims to recognize “The inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family.” But, that apparently doesn’t include our brothers and sisters in the womb.

Who knows how to better care for their children than their parents? The Texas GOP recognizes that no government can replace the love, care and guidance a mother and father can give. They best know their children and they best know how to raise them. These sections of the GOP platform, however, must not have fit in Battleground Texas’s email.

They may not be turning Texas blue anytime soon, but Battleground Texas is certainly turning faces red with their outrageous claims.


Cortney O'Brien

Cortney O'Brien is a Townhall web editor. Follow her on Twitter @obrienc2.

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