Missourians: Call now to protect parental rights HB 557

Call Now to Protect Parental Rights

Homeschooling in Missouri.

Help protect parental rights.

Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in your state. He and his wife homeschooled their children.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

A bill that will protect the rights of Missouri parents, HB 557, needs your help! The bill passed strongly through the House, but it is being held up in the Senate because Senator Tom Dempsey, the President of the Senate, has not scheduled it for a vote.

Time is very short. The legislative session ends May 15!

Action Requested

Please call Sen. Dempsey at (573) 751-1141. Please ask him politely to schedule the bill for a vote. You can leave a message if he does not answer personally.

Please call either today (Thursday) or Monday. The legislature is closed tomorrow (Friday).

Your message can be as simple as: “Please schedule HB 557 for a vote. The Missouri Legislature has never passed a law protecting the rights of parents. Now it’s time to put the rights of parents in writing. It should not be left up to the whim of the courts.”


There are three types of rights: absolute, fundamental, and ordinary. The government cannot regulate absolute rights at all. It can regulate ordinary rights for virtually any reason. But it can restrict fundamental rights only if there is a compelling reason and a less restrictive option is not available. When a right is considered fundamental, the citizen has a very good chance of prevailing against government encroachment.

Parental rights were considered fundamental until a U.S. Supreme Court case in 2000, Troxel vs. Granville, refused to say that parental rights were still fundamental. This caused tremendous confusion among judges. Some continued to treat parental rights as fundamental; others began downgrading parental rights to ordinary.

If a state has not enacted a law stating that parental rights are fundamental, there is nothing to prevent a judge from downgrading parental rights in that state. Missouri is one of the states that has never passed a law protecting parental rights.

It is unacceptable for the legislature to “punt” this issue to judges. It’s time for Missouri to end its silence on how parental rights should be protected.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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 >>

The HSLDA E-lert Service is a service of:

Home School Legal Defense Association • P.O. Box 3000 • Purcellville, Virginia 20134-9000
Phone: (540) 338-5600 • Fax: (540) 338-2733 • Email: info@hslda.org
Web: http://www.hslda.org

Subscription Information: You subscribed to the HSLDA E-lert Service as:

Subscribe | Unsubscribe | Change Settings

POSTMASTERS: This message is being sent to the most recent address we have for our subscribers. If this is an invalid email address or you have other problems, please reply to webmaster@hslda.org.

DISCLAIMER: This is considered a private and confidential message from HSLDA to its bonafide HSLDA E-lert Service subscribers. HSLDA cannot attest to the authenticity of copies posted, forwarded, or sent by any party other than HSLDA.

NOTE: Please do not reply or otherwise use this email address; hslda@hslda.org is for broadcast purposes only and is not intended to receive incoming messages. We cannot reply to any email sent to this address. If you have comments or questions, please send email to info@hslda.org or call HSLDA at 540-338-5600. HSLDA members can also email staff directly through the Members website at http://members.hslda.org/contact.asp. Thank you for your cooperation.

© 2015 HSLDA. All rights reserved.

Important updates on your parental rights! UN Disabilities Treaty is back!

The UN Disability Treaty that many have been fighting against is back and more determined to get through the system.

PARENTS – as a parent of an autistic child this treaty will greatly impact everyone with a child who has needed or is receiving support and for those who do not have disabled children it won’t be long before your rights are threatened as well!  Those of us who have fought the system to get treatments that our children desperately needed, this will no longer be the case. Government officials will decide what is the best interest of your child, and if you dare to oppose their treatments or suggestions penalties may ensue.  If you haven’t already, please, please, start being involved in your children’s health and future!


Bad News: UN Disabilities Treaty has Returned—Stronger than Ever

We have bad news. The dangerous UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), that you narrowly defeated through calls and emails in 2012, has returned. It has come back stronger than ever, and its supporters are preparing to ram it through the U.S. Senate.Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

This United Nations treaty says “in all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” Not “parental rights,” as our U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. But “best interests of the child,” a legal term only used during divorce and abuse and neglect cases. Government officials could use this section to override parental decisions for their child with a disability. Other provisions of this treaty threaten U.S. sovereignty, promote abortion rights, and require a national registry of all children with disabilities (the term “disability” isn’t even defined).

Freedom at Risk

The UNCPRD isn’t about protecting people with disabilities—our nation’s own laws and strong leadership overseas already do this. It’s about whether we will surrender our freedom to an unelected, unaccountable United Nations.

You defeated this treaty in December 2012. But the supporters were looking for a way to win the second time and ratify the UNCRPD. And they believe they have found it with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bond v. United States, which was issued last week.

Bond v. United States dealt with a jilted wife who used household chemicals in a bungled attempt to poison her rival. But it quickly turned into a major constitutional case dealing with the Chemical Weapons Ban treaty, congressional action, and the Constitution.

The Supreme Court made the right decision and found that it was ridiculous for the federal government to prosecute this hapless chemical user. But the Court’s decision was very narrow, and never addressed the treaty power found in the U.S. Constitution.

Only three justices—Scalia, Thomas, and Alito—brought this issue up. And they—like HSLDA—are very worried about how treaties can threaten our system of limited federal government and our constitutional freedoms. We encourage you to read the decision here. You can read the concurring opinions of justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito starting after page 21.

Aggressive Lobbying

Supporters of the UNCRPD such as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (NJ) seemed to not even have read this decision in their haste to urge ratification of this United Nations treaty. In the days since the decision, countless organizations have issued press releases calling for swift ratification of the UNCRPD. Supporters of the treaty are aggressively lobbying on Capitol Hill at this very moment. This treaty is roaring back, possibly as early as the week after Independence Day.

HSLDA’s federal relations staff and our allies are fighting back on Capitol Hill as hard as we can. But ultimately,only you can stop this treaty. We ask that you immediately take a moment to email your two U.S. senators and urge them to protect our nation’s sovereignty against the United Nations, to protect parental rights, and to vigorously oppose the UNCRPD. If you have the time to send a letter, that would be even better.

We know emails and letters take time. But this battle is crucial. Let’s hold off on phone calls for now so we can save that powerful action for when a vote is scheduled. But please make your voice heard by sending a letter or email in your own words. Then please forward this email to three of your homeschool friends and ask them to do the same.

You can find the addresses of your two U.S. senators by using HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox, and you can send an email to your two U.S. Senators at this page. You can find out more about the dangers of the UNCRPD on our website.

Thank you for standing with us to preserve our freedom in the face of the United Nations and transnationalists in the U.S. Senate. This is going to be a tough fight. By the grace of God and the tireless work of parents and concerned citizens like you, this treaty was defeated in 2012. I believe we can defeat it again.

For liberty,


Michael P. Farris, JD, LLM
Chairman, HSLDA

• • •

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 enables us to defend individual families threatened by government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all.Join now >>