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1/28/2013 2:33:19 PM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
Virginia--Calls Needed Now to Advance Parental Rights Bill

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Virginia--Calls Needed Now to Advance Parental Rights Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are urgently needed to support a bill that will protect
parental rights in Virginia!

Senate Bill 908 was passed by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee
this morning. The full Senate is expected to vote on this bill very
soon--likely tomorrow. It is crucial that your senator hear from you
before his or her vote is cast.

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.

SB 908 (and HB 1642) 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 senator right away and ask him or her to support SB
908. Your message can be as simple as: "Please vote YES on SB 908. The
right of parents to make decisions about their children should be
protected the same as our other most precious rights."

Use our Legislative Toolbox http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16807 to
find out the name of your Virginia senator.

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

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