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1/25/2013 3:02:38 PM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
Virginia--Calls Needed Urgently to Help Parental Rights Bill

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Virginia--Calls Needed Urgently to Help Parental Rights Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Two bills that will protect parental rights in Virginia need your
calls in support!

We have previously asked you to call in support of SB 908. That bill
is scheduled for a hearing Monday morning at 8 a.m.. If you have not
called, please do! (Check our email of January 17 for names and phone
numbers to call). http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16978

There is a companion bill in the house, HB 1642, and it is scheduled
for a committee hearing Monday afternoon. Members of the committee
need to hear from you!

The Virginia General Assembly has never stated whether parental rights
should be protected at the highest level--as fundamental rights--or
whether they are merely "ordinary" rights that can be pushed aside for
nearly any reason.

HB 1642 (and SB 908) will declare that in Virginia parental rights are
fundamental. This will protect your rights at the same level as our
other most cherished rights. And it will protect against the
possibility of a judge deciding that they are merely "ordinary."

Your right to raise your child as you see fit is under fire from many
directions. It is no longer adequate for the General Assembly to
remain silent.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your delegate right away (or not later than noon on
Monday) and ask him or her to support HB 1642. Your message can be as
simple as: "Please vote YES on HB 1642. The right of parents to make
decisions about their children should be protected the same as our
other most precious rights."

If your delegate is not listed below, call the chairman, David Albo.
This bill affects all parents, so it is not necessary to identify
yourself as a homeschooler.

Contact information for delegates on the committee is listed below.
Use our Legislative Toolbox http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16807 to
find out the name of your Virginia delegate.

Please come to the hearing Monday afternoon. The exact time and room
has not been set. It will not be before 12:30 p.m. Call our office
Monday morning, and we will let you know. Give yourself plenty of time
to find parking, and remember that you will pass through a metal
detector before entering the building. Well-behaved children are
welcome.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Delegate David B. Albo
(804) 698-1042
email: DelDAlbo@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Terry G. Kilgore
(804) 698-1001
email: DelTKilgore@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Robert B. Bell
(804) 698-1058
email: DelRBell@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Benjamin L. Cline
(804) 698-1024
email: DelBCline@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Salvatore R. Iaquinto
(804) 698-1084
email: DelSIaquinto@house.virginia.gov

Delegate C. Todd Gilbert
(804) 698-1015
email: DelTGilbert@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Jackson H. Miller
(804) 698-1050
email: DelJMiller@house.virginia.gov

Delegate G. Manoli Loupassi
(804) 698-1068
email: DelMLoupassi@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Ronald A. Villanueva
(804) 698-1021
email: DelRVillanueva@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Gregory D. Habeeb
(804) 698-1008
email: DelGHabeeb@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Peter F. Farrell
(804) 698-1056
email: DelPFarrell@house.virginia.gov

Delegate J. Randall Minchew
(804) 698-1010
email: DelRMinchew@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Rick L. Morris
(804) 698-1064
email: DelRMorris@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Joseph P. Johnson, Jr.
(804) 698-1004
email: DelJJohnson@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Vivian E. Watts
(804) 698-1039
email: DelVWatts@house.virginia.gov

Delegate David J. Toscano
(804) 698-1057
email: DelDToscano@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Charniele L. Herring
(804) 698-1046
email: DelCHerring@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Jennifer L. McClellan
(804) 698-1071
email: DelJMcClellan@house.virginia.gov

BACKGROUND

When people ask courts to protect their rights against government
intrusion, courts first decide whether the right is fundamental, or
not fundamental. If the judge decides it's not fundamental, he will
allow the government to infringe on the right as long as it has a
"rational" reason.

But if he decides the right is fundamental, it gets much better
protection. The government is allowed to infringe on it only if there
is a truly compelling reason, and there is no other way for the
government to accomplish a very high priority.

The justices who sit on the Virginia Supreme Court today agree that
parental rights are fundamental. But those who sit on the court next
year might not. This is the problem HB 1642 (and SB 908) solves.

The opponents of the bill are saying it will let parents burn their
kids with cigarettes. This is spurious.

Parents' rights are considered fundamental in Virginia right NOW! If
that meant parents could abuse their kids, it would have been
happening for 15 years--when parents' rights were clearly declared to
be fundamental. But in fact, all of our state laws prohibiting abuse
and neglect have continued to operate as intended even WITH parental
rights being fundamental! HB 1642 just makes sure judges can't take
away the fundamental status.

HB 1642 does not give any new rights. It does not even say what
rights you have today as parents. That must be determined by looking
other places--state and federal statutes, the state and federal
constitutions, etc. HB 1642 simply gives much better protection to
your rights that already exist.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

P.S. Our efforts to defend families would not be possible without the
support of our members. If you are not already a member, please
consider joining HSLDA to stand with other homeschool families. Or
please consider supporting our ongoing work in advancing the cause of
freedom by making a tax-deductible donation to the Homeschool Freedom
Fund.

Join HSLDA: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16979

Give to the Freedom Fund: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16980

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