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3/30/2009 9:54:37 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas--Calls Needed to Support the Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act

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March 26, 2009

Texas--Calls Needed to Support the
Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

House Bill 2084 was introduced to the Texas Legislature by
Representative Phil King. The bill modifies the grandparent visitation
law in favor of parental rights. The bill would prohibit a grandparent
from suing a parent for access to the grandchild unless the
grandparent provides proof that the child's physical health will be
endangered, and the child's emotional well-being and development will
be impaired if access is not granted.

There have been a number of cases in Texas where grandparents hostile
to homeschooling have usurped the parents' rights. This legislation
will help families who find themselves in the difficult situation of
having grandparents who are trying to harm the children.

The bill now sits in the Human Services Committee. HSLDA requests that
you call as many committee members as possible to express your support
for this bill.

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

"Please support H.B. 2084, the Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act.
This bill gives the authority back to the parents to decide if a
grandparent has access to their child or not. A fit parent should
always be presumed to be making decisions in the best interest of
their children, even if it means limiting contact with grandparents."

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

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 limiting grandparent access to our
children will reaffirm parents' rights, including the fundamental
rights 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 .

To read the text of H.B. 2084, go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6325 .

Thank you for your standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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