McAuliffe: Parents can’t be trusted

Note: this article was originally published as an email by HSLDA. Late Tuesday night, former Virginia governor and current gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe communicated one of the most radical policies I’ve heard from a mainstream politician in over a decade. When asked why he vetoed a bill requiring parental involvement in school library resource selection,…

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Urgent: Last Chance to Halt Discriminatory Ban on Counseling

We need all parental rights champions in Virginia to call your delegate today and urge them to oppose House Bill 386, which would illegalize counseling that helps a teen reduce or eliminate unwanted same-sex attraction. Yesterday, H.B. 386 passed the House Committee on Health, Welfare, and Institutions by a vote of 18 to 4. Its…

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Action Needed: Virginia Therapy Ban Threatening in the House

The faith-based counselling ban bill we alerted you to last week in the Virginia Senate (SB 245) has a companion bill in the House, HB 386, which is on the move as well. HB 386 passed out of the Subcommittee on Health Professions on Thursday (1/23), and is scheduled for hearing TOMORROW, Tuesday, January 28,…

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Action Needed to Preserve Parental Rights in Virginia

Virginia HB 580, which would insert troubling language into the state’s child abuse provision, is scheduled for a hearing before the Social Services Sub-Sommittee of the House Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee on Thursday, January 23 (tomorrow!) UPDATE January 23, 2020: The Sub-committee did not get to HB 580 today. We will watch for the…

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Hot-Button Issues Come to Parental Rights

The new Virginia legislature didn’t waste any time launching an all-out assault on parental rights. In the opening hours, the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate took up four pieces of legislation that are troubling for families: SB 32 would outlaw spanking with “an inanimate object.” HB 386 would outlaw “conversion therapy” for minors.…

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VA Bill to Ban Faith-Based Counselling Vote Coming Very Soon

ALERT: (Jan. 23, 2020) — HB 386, the companion bill to SB 245 (described below) will be heard before the Health Professions Sub-Committee of the House Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee TODAY at 5 p.m. Please call your Delegate on the subcommittee and urge them to vote “No.” SB 245, a bill that would prevent parents…

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Parental Rights to Overcome Disability Discrimination

Efforts Are Underway This Year to Significantly Improve the Legal Landscape for Parents with Disabilities. Current Disability Discrimination in Parental Rights For decades, parents with disabilities have entered the courtroom with the deck stacked against them. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation reported in 2016 that “35 states include disability as grounds for termination of…

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