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6/21/2012 4:53:38 PM
Dewitt T. Black--HSLDA
Delaware: Correction--Calls Needed to Stop Bill Outlawing Corporal Discipline

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Delaware -- Calls Needed to Stop Bill Outlawing Corporal Discipline

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

A bill that would make it a crime for a parent to spank a child is
quickly moving through the Delaware General Assembly. Your calls and
emails are needed to stop this bill infringing upon the right of
parents to administer reasonable corporal discipline--a right that has
been recognized in America since its founding.

Senate Bill 234, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Patricia M.
Blevins (District 7), expands the definition of the term "physical
injury" in the child abuse and neglect laws to include "pain."
Currently the law permits a parent to use force to punish a child for
misconduct, but it prohibits any act that is likely to cause or does
cause physical injury. By redefining "physical injury" to include the
infliction of pain on a child, spanking would become a crime in
Delaware punishable by imprisonment.

Under the proposed law, a parent causing "physical injury" (e.g.,
pain) to a child under age 18 would be guilty of a class A misdemeanor
and subject to one year in prison. A parent causing pain to a child
who is three years of age or younger would be guilty of a class G
felony and subject to two years in prison.

This terrible bill passed the Senate unanimously on June 19, 2012, by
a vote of 21-0. It is now in the House Judiciary Committee, where it
is scheduled to be heard on June 26. If this bill passes, Delaware
would become the first state in the nation to outlaw corporal
discipline of children by their parents.

Members of the House Judiciary Committee need to hear from Delaware
parents who wish to preserve the right to direct the upbringing of
their children, including the right to administer reasonable corporal
discipline.

Action Requested:

1. Please call and/or email as many members of the House Judiciary
Committee as possible with this message or something similar in your
own words:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 234, which would make it a crime for
a parent to administer reasonable corporal discipline to a child,
punishable by up to two years in prison. By expanding the definition
of the term 'physical injury' to include any form of pain, even
spanking a child for misconduct would subject a parent to prosecution
for child abuse and a prison term."

The members of the House Judiciary Committee are as follows:

Rep. Melanie George Smith, Chairman
(302) 744-4126
melanie.g.smith@state.de.us

Rep. Rebecca Walker, Vice-Chairman
(302) 744-4351
Rebecca.Walker@state.de.us

Rep. William J. Carson
(302) 744-4113
william.carson@state.de.us

Rep. Deborah Hudson
(302) 744-4171
Deborah.Hudson@state.de.us

Rep. James Johnson
(302) 744-4351
jj.johnson@state.de.us

Rep. Clifford G. "Biff" Lee
(302) 744-4171
biff.lee@state.de.us

Rep. John L. Mitchell, Jr.
(302) 744-4351
john.l.mitchell@state.de.us

Rep. Dennis P. Williams
(302) 744-4351
Dennis.Williams@state.de.us

Rep. Lincoln D. Willis
302-744-4033
Lincoln.Willis@state.de.us

Rep. David L. Wilson
(302) 744-4150
David.L.Wilson@state.de.us

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact members of the Committee.

To view the text of this bill, please go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=14998 .

Please call or email today!

Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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