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6/19/2003 9:57:56 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Ohio-New Bill Would Make Pastors Mandatory Child Abuse Reporters

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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June 18, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Ohio is the latest state to file legislation that would force all
pastors and priests to report suspicions of child abuse.
Homeschoolers across America have managed to stop a number of these
bills, reasoning that parents must be able to turn to their pastors
if they sin against their children. Making pastors into agents of the
state keeps parents from getting the help they need. We need your
help to stop Ohio House Bill 207, which would turn every member of
the clergy into a "mandatory reporter" of child abuse.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact each member of the House Committee on Juvenile and
Family Law. Say, "Please vote 'No' on House Bill 207. Pastors need to
be able to counsel people with family problems. Don't make them
agents of the state."

Juvenile And Family Law Committee Members:

Michael Gilb, (Chair), (614) 466-3819,
district76@ohr.state.oh.us

Kathleen Walcher, (Vice Chair), (614) 466-9628,
district58@ohr.state.oh.us

Nancy P. Hollister, (614) 644-8728,
district93@ohr.state.oh.us

Linda Reidelbach, (614) 644-6030,
district21@ohr.state.oh.us

John Widowfield, (614) 466-1177,
district42@ohr.state.oh.us

John R. Willamowski, (614) 466-9624,
district04@ohr.state.oh.us

Bryan C. Williams, (614) 644-5085,
district41@ohr.state.oh.us

Sandra Harwood, (614) 466-3488,
district65@ohr.state.oh.us

Todd Book, (614) 466-2124,
district89@ohr.state.oh.us

Lance Mason, (614) 466-5441,
district08@ohr.state.oh.us

Shirley A. Smith, (614) 466-7954,
district10@ohr.state.oh.us

BACKGROUND

The sex scandal in the Catholic Church has called a number of states
to propose legislation to solve that problem. Unfortunately, most
states have gone too far. Instead of permitting pastors to report
child abuse, this law would require all pastors to report all
suspicions of abuse. This means that the parents who most need
pastoral help will be afraid to seek it out.

When legislators understand that families need pastoral help, but
will not seek out such help if pastors are mandatory reporters, they
have been willing to vote against such laws. Your call to your
legislator is crucial at this time. Please call now to keep pastors
from being turned into agents of the state.

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney
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