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2/8/2006 4:50:11 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa--Calls Needed to Defend Parental Rights

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February 8, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

A bill we have been tracking has begun to move in the Iowa
legislature. Senate File 2031 is a Grandparents Rights bill. The
name sounds harmless but the language in the bill would hurt parental
rights.

Over the years, HSLDA has represented member families in conflict with
grandparents who did not like homeschooling. These grandparents would
try to stop the parents homeschooling through various means including
turning the family over to the child welfare services. Thankfully,
most grandparents support homeschooling and in some situations even
participate in the teaching.

However, S.F. 2031 would give grandparents and great-grandparents the
right to receive visitation rights if the judge determines the parent
is unfit to make the decision, or if the parent is capable of making
the decision but a judge decides that denying visitation poses
substantial harm to the child. If this bill becomes law, grandparents
could sue the children's parents if either or both parents have used
their parental authority to deny visitation between the minor and the
grandparents or great-grandparents.

This bill is dangerous because it allows a court to decide whether a
parent is fit without giving any guidelines on what a fit parent is.
It also allows a court to second guess a parent's determination of
what is best for his child.

The bill is scheduled for a subcommittee meeting tomorrow morning at
8:00 a.m., February 9, 2006. Your calls can make the difference.

Action Requested:

The members of the subcommittee are:

Amanda Ragan, Co-Chair
James A. Seymour, Co-Chair
Keith A. Krieman
Maggie Tinsman

Please call them via the Senate Switchboard at (515) 281-3371 and give
them this message:

"Please vote against S.F. 2031. This bill violates parental rights
and is unconstitutional because it is vague. This bill gives judges
total discretion to second guess capable parents. We urge you to trust
parents and oppose this bill."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler but simply as a
concerned parent.

Thank you for taking the time to protect parental rights.

Sincerely,

Christopher Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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