I recently posted about Republicans adding Equal Parenting to the Texas GOP Platform, but in reality this is a bi partisan issue that both Republicans and Democrats can agree on and come together to vote for HB 803 because kids need and deserve both fit parents in their lives equally. in fact, Democrats do support Equal Parenting too!
Dear Democrat Legislator:
Democrat Women support EQUAL PARENTING – Democrat Women Legislators all voted FOR this Equal Parenting bill in JJFI committee last session – Support HB 803!
Last Session, Representative, and mother, Gina Calanni destroyed the TFLF Lobbyist arguments in JJFI Committee by showing that there is NOT equal time in the current standard possession order, and to try to get equal time or even more time above the standard possession order from a judge would cost more than most can afford. Further, she destroyed the lobbyist argument that there would be increased litigation with equal parenting. She pointed out that parents fight over time with kids and with fit parents coming in to court having equal time starting point there would be no reason or incentive for them to fight over and over in court.
Rep. Gina Calanni Declared, “I just don’t understand why anyone would be against this when it gives parents actual equal access to their children” and she further pressed TFLF by asking, “How much does it cost to go to court an estimate to hear a court case in front of a judge in a custody case?” Bill Morris with TFLF responded, “custody case could be upwards of 50 thousand dollars.” To which Gina Calanni responded, “Exactly and so you’ve got people that cannot afford that and so they get stuck with a really bad standard possession order and that’s not good for the kids and that’s not good for the parent that doesn’t get it.” Gina Calanni’s grilling of TFLF made it clear that the reason the lobbyist would oppose kids having equal access to both fit parents as the new standard is because for them it might be about about what they get in attorney fees when parents fight in court, instead of the good parents getting along and the kids winning by getting to see both fit parents equally.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Declared: “Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.” (New York City Bar Association, 2001)
In fact, Moms for Shared Parenting, Emma Johnson, has done studies that show how equal parenting responsibility would help close the pay gap between men and women. When both men and women share the duties in raising a child and bringing them to school and back etc, it allows women to have more equal opportunity to have a career and make more money, instead of primarily the father getting to go have a career by not having the responsibility to equally raising a child.
Support HB 803 Equal Parenting Bill – It has already been vetted last session and passed out of committee by all of the Democrat women on the committee, but it got out too late to make it to the floor for a vote. The kids of Texas and society deserve the bill to be voted out sooner this session so that it finally gets a vote on the floor of the House.