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4/3/2013 10:49:48 AM
Mike Smith--HSLDA
Nevada--Vote Online Today to Support Parental Rights Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Nevada--Vote Online Today to Support Parental Rights Bill

Senate Bill 314 Summary--Provides that the right of parents to make
choices regarding the upbringing, education and care of their children
is a fundamental right.

Sponsor: Senator Denis

Status: 3/19/2013 Referred to Committee on Judiciary, no hearing date

SB 314 is a bill that will
establish in Nevada law that the "liberty of parents to direct the
upbringing and care of their children is a fundamental right."
Currently Nevada parents must rely on the courts, citing federal and
state court precedent, to preserve their fundamental right to make
decisions for their children. SB 314 would take this same standard and
codify it in state law, providing the courts a more solid foundation
on which to base this right. It will not change the current standard
of parental rights but merely protect the standard from shifting
ideologies in the courts over time.

For more information about the bill please review the Question &
Answer pamphlet, The Right of Parents to Raise Their Child . This resource answers 16
questions, such as "In a nutshell, what does SB 314 do?" "Is the
fundamental parental right to raise children a partisan issue?" "How
would this law help Nevada's children?" Will this law jeopardize the
welfare of children?" and more!

ACTION REQUESTED will be meeting with the sponsor of the
bill, Senator Mo Denis, today. We are asking that if you have not
already done, please go online to the Nevada Legislative Opinion page and vote "FOR" the bill. You
may also leave written comments on the bill. In your own words simply
express that you support "codifying parental rights as fundamental in
state law." This will help us show that Nevada parents are firmly
behind this bill.


In the event parents have to go to court to seek protection of their
rights against government intrusion, courts first must decide whether
the right is fundamental. If the judge decides the right is not
fundamental, then the judge will allow the government to infringe on
the right as long as it has a "rational" reason. But if the judge
decides the right is fundamental, the government may infringe on the
fundamental right only when there is a "compelling" reason to do so,
showing there is no other way for the government to meet the very high

As of today, there is nothing in Nevada statutes or the state
constitution enunciating that parental rights are in the category of
fundamental rights. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that parental
rights are fundamental. However, some lower courts and local
government officials have resisted compliance with U.S. Supreme Court
rulings on this issue. Although Nevada courts have generally been
good in recognizing parental rights, it is risky to depend on future
court decisions to safeguard a fundamental parental right. This is the
problem SB 314 will solve; it will simply give much better protection
to parental rights than currently exists in Nevada law.

Opponents of a parental rights law often incorrectly assume that it
would give parents a right to abuse their children. This is incorrect.
Parents don't have a right to abuse or neglect their children under
Nevada statute, and that will not change if SB 314 becomes law.
Rather, this law will simply provide an additional layer of protection
afforded through legislative enactment to safeguard parents and
children from intrusion by the government into the decision making
process within the family unit.

In other news, perhaps you've heard of HSLDA's current fight to defend
the German Romeike family from deportation. After the Romeikes faced
fines, losing custody of their children, and the threat of
imprisonment as a homeschooling family in Germany, they moved to the
United States seeking asylum for educational freedom. HSLDA is
currently defending them in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Click
here for more information and
to sign the petition to the White House to stop the deportation of the

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Mike Smith
HSLDA President

Other Resources:

Bill Text

Schnorbus, Frank, The Right of Parents to Raise Their Children, January, 2013

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