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3/27/2009 11:50:59 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas--Calls Needed to Prevent Child's Bill of Rights From Going Forward

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March 26, 2009

Texas--Calls Needed to Prevent Child's
Bill of Rights From Going Forward

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Texas legislature has introduced a very dangerous bill that would
undermine parental rights. House Bill 188 was created to make sure
that "children are the number one priority of this state." The bill
has very vague language stating that the child has the right to "live
in a safe, healthy, and comfortable home in which the child is treated
with respect; ...be free from ... any form of discipline that
humiliates or demeans the child...receive access to a quality
education...receive appropriate medical, dental, vision, and mental
health services."

This type of language can be used against parents who use corporal
punishment, alternative medicine, and possibly even homeschooling. It
is not needed and is very similar to aspects of the dangerous U.N.
Convention on the Rights of the Child, which we continue to oppose at
the federal level.

This bill also creates "Family Education Centers", which will be
designed to, "provide comprehensive family educational activities and
training." These centers are also designed for the purpose of
educating parents. This is the government playing the role of a nanny.


We believe it is important that the committee receives calls so that
this bill never moves or is even scheduled for a hearing. It is good
to be on the safe side to make it known that the legislation has
significant opposition so that it keeps it from ever getting off the
ground.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call the House Human Services Committee members and give them
this message in your own words:

"Please oppose H.B. 188. This bill undermines parental rights and is
not needed."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler; instead you can identify
yourself as a concerned parent and taxpayer.

If the first letter of your last name begins with an A-L, then please
call the first five members of this list. If your last name begins
with the letters M-Z, please call the last five members on this list.

House Human Services Committee Members:

Chair, Rep. Patrick Rose - 512-463-0647
Vice Chair, Rep. Abel Herrero - 512-463-0462
Rep. Drew Darby - 512-463-0331
Rep. Gary Elkins - 512-463-0722
Rep. Ana Hernandez - 512-463-0614
Rep. Bryan Hughes - 512-463-0271
Rep. Ken Legler - 512-463-0460
Rep. Elliott Naishtat - 512-463-0668
Rep. Armando Walle - 512-463-0924

To read the full text of H.B. 188, go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6326 .

BACKGROUND

Parental rights are under siege. Parents, in many ways, are becoming
"second class citizens" as lower courts elevate the power of the state
to supersede the wisdom of parents. Parental choice is in jeopardy.
Freedom is at stake. The basic fundamental freedom of parents to raise
their children hangs in the balance.

Although the U.S. Supreme Court clearly recognizes parents' rights as
fundamental and thus protected by a higher standard of review, many
lower courts over the last 25 years have eroded this traditional view
of parental rights. This bill will endanger the fundamental rights of
parents to make medical decisions, discipline, and direct the
education and religious training of their children.

For more information on parental rights visit www.ParentalRights.org .

Thank you for your support of freedom in Texas!

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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