From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/19/2013 12:15:23 PM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
Virginia--Calls Needed Now to Advance Parental Rights Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

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!

HB 1642 has moved successfully through committee in the House, the
House floor, and Senate committee, and now it faces a crucial test on
the Senate floor.

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.

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.


Please call your Virginia state senator in Richmond right away 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
important rights."

Use our Legislative Toolbox
and type in your ZIP code to find out the name of your Virginia state


HB 1642 is the companion bill to SB 908. Both have been amended
somewhat during the legislative process, but as of right now, the
contents of both are good. Both protect a parent's right with respect
to their child's education.

When SB 908 reached the Senate floor earlier, it was approved with
good bipartisan support. However, the language of HB 1642 is now
slightly different from SB 908, so we cannot assume that every senator
who voted for SB 908 will also vote for HB 1642. Your calls are
important to maintain momentum!

SB 908 itself came out of the House Courts of Justice committee
yesterday in good shape. It will go to the House floor soon.

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. Without legislation, a
future court could downgrade your rights from fundamental to ordinary.

Senator Bryce Reeves, sponsor of SB 908, and Delegate Brenda Pogge,
sponsor of HB 1642, are doing excellent work on their bills., the Home Educators Association of Virginia and the
Family Foundation are united with HSLDA in supporting these bills.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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