Because of your calls, our bill, The Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act (TPRRA), will be heard on the floor of the Texas House on Thursday, May 9! However, parental rights are still in jeopardy until the bill passes.
Parental Rights Advance
If TPRRA does pass, people like Heather Wyatt won’t have to live in fear anymore. Heather Wyatt’s story starts with abuse and ends with abuse. It’s one of many examples of a victim being victimized because of loopholes in a law called the Grandparent Access Statute.
These loopholes in the law allow vindictive in-laws to force fit parents into financially devastating legal battles–legal battles over who will have possession of the fit parent’s children. (For more information, visit: thsc.org/tprra.)
THSC is determined to change the Grandparent Access Statute to give parents back the rights they once had. The TPRRA will:
- Force in-laws to back up their claims with evidence
- Remove a judge’s ability to use temporary orders in these cases because the children are not facing abuse (If the children were facing abuse, the in-laws would be filing under a different section of the law. If it was an emergency situation needing emergency orders, the in-laws should contact the police.)
- Require a higher standard of evidence to be used in these types of cases
- Require expert testimony
- Protect parental rights by changing other aspects of the law (read more about TPRRA)
The loopholes will not be closed, and parental rights will not be strengthened, if our parental rights bill is not passed! Call your representative and ask them to vote for HB 2547.
Contact Your State Representative:
- Visit: Who Represents Me Directory
- Enter your address.
- Select your state representative.
- Call him or her and ask them to vote in favor of HB 2547.
This may be our last chance until 2015 to protect parents and children from the Grandparent Access Statute! Make those calls and share this email with others.