Originally Sent: 1/11/2016
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Take Action to Defend Parental Rights!
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
The Massachusetts Legislature is open, and your parental rights are a target! As part of our advocacy and defense of homeschooling freedom we will continue to monitor the legislature and report on legislation of interest. Please read this below!
On Wednesday, January 13, the Joint Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill (H.B.) 3842 which undermines parental rights by allowing a grandparent to file in court for child visitation even when parents disagree on the issue. The hearing is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in State House Room A-1. HSLDA opposes this bill and encourages you to contact committee members in opposition as well.
H.B. 3842 allows courts to grant visitation rights upon finding that “visitation by the grandparent is in the best interests of the child.” This bill would allow courts to override legitimate parental decisions without any determination of parental unfitness. But the United States Supreme Court has said that fit parents are deemed to make decisions in their children’s best interests—this bill weakens that standard. Please contact legislators and ask them to uphold the important principle that parents know what is best for their children—including issues like family visitation.
Because this legislation affects all parents in Massachusetts, it is not necessary that you identify yourself as a homeschooling parent.
Consider giving the members of the Judiciary Committee the following message in your own words.
“I am calling to oppose H.B. 3842, which threatens parents’ right to decide who can spend time with their children. H.B. 3842 would authorize courts to override the legitimate decisions of fit parents to determine whether visits from grandparents are appropriate. If a parent is not abusing or neglecting his children, courts should not substitute their judgment of what is â€˜bestâ€™ for children over the parent’s decision. Please oppose H.B. 3842.”
Contact members of the Joint Judiciary Committee using the following contact information:
If your last name starts with A-M, please contact your member and:
William N. Brownsberger, Senate Chair (D-Belmont)
John V. Fernandes, House Chair (D-Milford)
John F. Keenan, Senate Vice Chair (D-Quincy)
Claire D. Cronin, House Vice Chair (D-Easton)
Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston)
Patricia D. Jehlen (D-Somerville)
Cynthia S. Creem (D-Newton)
Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham)
Colleen M. Garry (D-Dracut)
If your last name begins with N-Z, please contact your member and:
Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin)
John C. Velis (D-Westfield)
Evandro C. Carvalho (D-Dorchester)
Michael S. Day (D-Stoneham)
Carlos Gonzalez (D-Springfield)
Paul Tucker (D-Salem)
Sheila C. Harrington (R-Groton)
James J. Lyons, Jr. (R-Andover) 617-722-2460 James.Lyons@mahouse.gov
Thank you for fighting for parental rights!
Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
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 recommend us? Your support for our work enables us to defend individual families and protect homeschooling freedom for all. Join now >>
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