State of California Archives: on Families & Children

Dan Quayle: “Children’s rights” wrongly undermines parental authority

The UN Convention on the Rights of Children declares that children of all ages have a right to free expression, free association, privacy, and leisure. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? But the children’s rights zealots are encouraging children to believe they can sue their parents. It’s appropriate for the legal system to intervene to protect the child from an abusive parent. But those who advocate some overall agenda of “children’s rights” are undermining ordinary parental authority, and this is wrong.
Source: Speech to the Commonwealth Club of California May 19, 1999

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