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3/23/2012 2:55:56 PM
Dee Black--HSLDA
Georgia -- Calls Needed to Stop Bad Grandparent Visitation Bill

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Georgia -- Calls Needed to Stop Bad Grandparent Visitation Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Bad news! Georgia House Bill 1198, which would violate the
constitutional right of parents to determine in what instances
grandparents may visit with the parents' children, passed the Senate
Judiciary Committee yesterday. It is scheduled for its third and final
reading by the full Senate on Monday, March 26. Your calls and emails
to your state senator are needed to stop this bill.

Among other things, this bill provides that if one of the parents of a
minor child dies, becomes incapacitated, or is incarcerated, the
grandparents may be granted visitation if the court determines that it
is in the child's best interest, despite the objections of the other
parent.

Historically, the "best interest of the child" standard has been
applied in family matters only when there is a finding by the court of
abuse or neglect of the children or in a divorce situation when the
court must decide custody and visitation. In other instances, the
courts have recognized the right of responsible parents to make their
own decisions regarding the upbringing of their children, including
the extent to which grandparents are permitted access to the children.
This bill would put judges in the place of making decisions that
parents should be making. For example, if the father of an intact
family died, the mother would no longer have the right to decide
whether her husband's parents would have access to her children. If
she considered that her children were unsafe with the grandparents or
that the grandparents were a bad influence on the children and denied
visitation because of this, the grandparents would have the right to
petition the court and let the judge make the decision.

Unfortunately, this bill passed the House of Representatives on March
7 by the unanimous vote of 154 to 0. Only a barrage of phone calls and
emails from thousands of parents wanting to preserve their right to
control the upbringing of their children can make a difference in the
Senate vote. Please contact your state senator today before this bill
goes any further.

Action Requested:

1. Please call and/or email your state senator with this message or
something similar in your own words:

"Please vote against House Bill 1198, a grandparent visitation bill,
which would take away the right of responsible parents to decide in
what instances grandparents may visit with the parents' children. The
courts should intervene in such family matters only when the parents
are unfit or in divorce cases when custody and visitation must be
decided."

When contacting senators, there is no need to identify yourself as a
homeschooler. This is a parental rights issue that potentially affects
all Georgia families.

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact their state senator.

To view the text of this bill, please go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=14163 .

Please call or email today!


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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