From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/8/2013 5:06:00 PM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
Iowa--Calls Needed Before Tuesday to Protect Kids from Unwanted Visits

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Iowa--Calls Needed Before Tuesday
to Protect Kids from Unwanted Visits

Dear Iowa HSLDA Members and Friends,

If you think it's your job to decide if your parents and your in-laws
may visit your children, you're right--but you might not be right for

Senate File (SF) 118 would empower a judge to push aside your wishes
for the flimsiest of reasons and order you to let your parents and
in-laws (and even grandparents) visit your children when and how he
tells you.

If there is some level of relationship between your kids and your
parents (or in-laws) and the judge thinks you're acting selfishly, and
he believes forced visitation would be best for your kids, SF 118 will
empower him to order it. Your only chance to stop it at that point
would be to hire a lawyer and prove that your parent or in-law is
"unfit" or that visitation would risk causing physical or emotional
harm to your child.

This bill is not only a frontal assault on parenting as we know it,
but it's an attack on the integrity of the extended family. Imagine
you being in a position where--in order to protect your kids--you had
to prove in court that your parents were a bad influence! This bill
will lead to the destruction of many family relationships.

The bottom line is that the government has no business telling you who
should visit your kids. Our first opportunity to stop this bill is
this Tuesday, when it has a hearing in a Senate subcommittee. We need
your calls to stop this government intrusion into your hearth and


Call your Iowa state senator before Tuesday, February 12. The
subcommittee only has three members, but this bill is so dangerous
that it's important to get the message out to the entire Senate. Your
message can be as simple as: "Please do not support Senator Beal's
grandparent visitation bill, SF 118. Let parents themselves decide who
visits their children, as they always have."

Keep in mind that your senator may not yet know anything about the
bill. You should be ready to give a short explanation of what the bill
does. You can use information from this email or use the links below
to read SF 118 yourself and compare it to existing law.

This bill threatens all parents. It is not necessary to identify
yourself as a homeschooler when you call. Please pass this on to
other parents you know!


To find out who your senator is and how to contact him or her, use
this website:


Under current law, a court can order grandparent visitation only if
one of your child's parents is dead. And even then, the judge can
order visitation only under very limited circumstances--including
cases when a parent has neglected or abused or been violent toward his
child, or is a drug abuser or mentally ill.

When we say "in-laws" in this e-lert, we mean only mothers-in-law and

The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators is united with HSLDA in
opposing SF 118.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Scott A. Woodruff
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association

P.S. We greatly value you and your support--it is a privilege to serve
you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you
consider taking a moment today to join or to recommend us as we defend
the rights of homeschooling families? Join now:

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