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3/30/2012 4:34:38 PM
Dee Black--HSLDA
Georgia: Bad Grandparent Visitation Bill Passes Senate

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Georgia: Bad Grandparent Visitation Bill Passes Senate

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

House Bill 1198, the grandparent visitation bill that would violate
the right of responsible parents to control access to their children
by grandparents, passed the full Senate on March 26. It now goes to
Governor Nathan Deal for his signature before it becomes law. The only
way for this bill to be stopped now is for the governor to veto it.
But he needs to know that many Georgians object to House Bill 1198's
violation of their God-given parental rights. Please follow the easy
directions below to email the governor and let him know that you
oppose 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.

Action Requested:

1. You may email Governor Deal by clicking on the following link:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=14257 .

Please send this message or something similar in your own words:

"Please veto 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. For
example, a widow who was a fit parent would no longer have the right
to determine the extent of visitation by her deceased husband's
parents. 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 the governor, 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 the governor.

To view the text of this bill, please go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=14258 .

Please email the governor today!


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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