By Roger J. R. Levesque
Univ. of Indiana, Indianapolis. Examines the truth of adolescent lifestyles throughout the lens of sexuality. Discusses the social and criminal background of formative years within the united states, felony precedents within the rules of adolescent sexuality, universal components of felony keep an eye on, and the author's thought for social and felony reforms.
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25The Court set the enduring standard that states must be allowed to interfere in family life to protect states’ interests in their children. ”27 Thus although the Supreme Court recognizes the profound role parents play in shaping their children’s behaviors, it allows for state intervention not necessarily to protect youths’ rights but to protect the rights of society. It is the state’s interests acting parens patriae to guard the general interest in youth’s well-being that matter and justify the limitation of certain parental prerogatives, whether religiously grounded or not.
0 Although the Court had heard arguments that focused on the liberty interests of the minors involved, the Court paid no apparent heed to these assertions as it rendered an opinion that ignored the voices or independent interests of youth. ” The Court grounded its opinion in the commanding metaphor of a communistic world in which parents could relinquish control of their children’s upbringing to the state. The Court reaffirmed Meyer’s forceful rejection of the state power to control child development.
In these cases, the Courts concluded that only legislative action that reasonably related to a legitimate state interest could interfere with the parentaI liberty interest to raise their children as they see fit. The ability of states and communities to control parental rights was first articulated in the now often-cited case of Prince v. ’3 Prince involved the constitutionality of a statute used to convict a custodian who allowed her 9-year-old ward to accompany and assist her in selling religious pamphlets.