Originally Sent: 5/1/2013

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Calls Needed to Defeat Two Bills Threatening Your Parental Rights

Homeschooling in Connecticut

These bills could be voted on any day now.

Senior Counsel Dee Black answers questions and assists members with legal issues. He and his wife homeschooled their children.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls and emails are needed to defeat two Connecticut bills that threaten your parental rights. Both of these bills are subject to a vote any day now, so it is critical that members of the legislature be contacted right away.

First is House Bill 6499, which would establish a working group on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). One of the working group’s purposes would be to urge the U.S. Congress to ratify this dangerous treaty. But that’s not the worst part of this bill. As recently amended, HB 6499 would require the working group to “implement results-based accountability measures to track progress towards the goals and objectives outlined in the convention…,” i.e., the UNCRC. In other words, this bill is an effort to have Connecticut adopt the provisions of the UNCRC even if the federal government declines to do so. The provisions of the UNCRC would turn the parent-child relationship on its head so that parents would essentially become nothing more than facilitators of the choices of their children.

The second bill is Senate Bill 169, which in its present form would establish a community-wide public health collaborative pilot program in three yet-unnamed communities. One of the purposes of this program would be to “screen children from birth through grade twelve for evidence of mental or emotional trauma.” Another part of SB 169 would require the Commissioner of Children and Families and the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services to develop a plan to improve children’s health. This would include “comprehensive mental health assessments, early intervention, and treatment services for children from birth through grade twelve.” This would be a permanent, statewide program.

Action Requested

1. Please call or email your state representative with this message or a similar message in your own words:

“Please vote against House Bill 6499, which would urge the U.S. Congress to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This bill is also an effort to have Connecticut adopt and implement provisions of this international treaty even if the federal government declines to do so. This treaty threatens the right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children.”

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Please call or email your state senator with this message or a similar message in your own words:

“Please vote against Senate Bill 169, which provides for mental health screenings of all children from birth through grade 12. These comprehensive, invasive examinations would constitute an unwarranted invasion of family privacy.”

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2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a member of HSLDA and urge them to contact their state representative and state senator.

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Please call or email today!

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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