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4/21/2005 5:45:35 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa--Calls Needed to Stop Anti-Parent Plan

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April 21st, 2005


Iowa--Calls Needed to Stop Anti-Parent Plan


Dear HSLDA members and friends,

On April 19, Iowa Representative Mary Mascher backed up her belief
that all homeschool parents should be treated as child abuse suspects
by formally requesting that the legislature launch a study committee
to see if homeschooled children are "adequately protected" from abuse.


Although her request is couched in terms of a review of the homeschool
laws, it is really just the first step in a plan to treat all
homeschool parents like child abuse suspects. Her plan would force
each parent to allow someone to view every child to make sure their
parents aren't abusing them.

This is discriminatory and an insult to every homeschool parent.

It is also illogical. There is absolutely no evidence that homeschool
parents are worse parents than others. It dishonors our nation's
tradition of treating every person as innocent unless there is
evidence to the contrary. It dishonors the Supreme Court, which has
said that all fit parents are presumed to act in the best interest of
their children.

The House of Representatives could vote on Mascher's plan at any time.


ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please call your Iowa state representative and Mary Mascher
immediately. Your message can be as simple as:

"According the U.S. Supreme Court, all fit parents are entitled to a
presumption that they act in their children's best interest. Do not
insult homeschool parents by treating them like child abuse suspects.
Please oppose Representative Mary Mascher's H.R. 46."

Call the House switchboard at (515) 281-3221 to leave a message for
your representative or Mary Mascher. Use our legislative toolbox to
find your representative's name http://www.hslda.org/toolbox/ .

2. If you live near Rep. Mascher's area (Iowa City-University
Heights) please call her or make a personal visit. Her home address
is 40 Gryn Court, Iowa City, Iowa and her home number is 319-351-2826.
Please be courteous in all your contacts. To email Mary Mascher
please use Mary.Mascher@legis.state.ia.us


BACKGROUND

The United States Supreme Court said in Parham v. J.R (1979) that
parents are entitled to a presumption that they are acting in the best
interests of their children:

"The law's concept of the family rests on a presumption that parents
possess what a child lacks in maturity, experience, and capacity for
judgment required for making life's difficult decisions. More
important, historically it has recognized that natural bonds of
affection lead parents to act in the best interests of their
children."

The Supreme Court made this statement in Troxel v. Granville (2000):

"Accordingly, so long as a parent adequately cares for his or her
children (i.e., is fit), there will normally be no reason for the
State to inject itself into the private realm of the family to further
question the ability of that parent to make the best decisions
concerning the rearing of that parent's children."

Mascher's request questions the ability of EVERY homeschool parent to
make good decisions for their children. It must be stopped in order
to defend our basic freedoms.

Thank you for standing with us for liberty.

Sincerely,


Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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