From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/10/2006 12:54:43 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa--Calls Needed to Protect Parental Rights

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

February 10, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

We urgently need your calls to stop a second "grandparents rights"
bill. The calls opposing Senate File 2031 were very successful in
putting the brakes on that bill. But a similar bill, Senate File 124,
is scheduled for a hearing before the full Judiciary Committee on
Monday, and the senators need to hear from you again.

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. 124 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 committee hearing Monday, February 13 at 4
p.m. Your calls can make the difference!


The members of the committee are:

Keith A. Kreiman (D, District 47), Co-Chair
David Miller (R, District 45), Co-Chair
Nancy J. Boettger (R, District 29)
Bob Brunkhorst (R, District 9)
Robert E. Dvorsky (D, District 15)
Gene Fraise (D, District 46)
Tom Hancock (D, District 16)
Wally E. Horn (D, District 17)
Charles W. Larson, Jr. (R, District 19)
Larry McKibben (R, District 22)
Herman C. Quirmbach (D, District 23)
Brian Schoenjahn (D, District 12)
Maggie Tinsman (R, District 41)
Pat Ward (R, District 30)
Steve Warnstadt (D, District 1)
Brad Zaun (R, District 32)

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

"Please vote against S.F. 124. 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.


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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