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Here is Chris Kelly's Contact info. Go ahead and let him know what you think of his proposed legislation.
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City MO 65101
Missouri Representative Chris Kelly (http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=024&year=2012&code=R) has presented and passed through the House 3 bills that are especially wicked for dads, but certainly of no benefit to women or children for that matter. Here are some links to the legislation so you can see for yourself:
Representative Kelly admits on http://www.missourinet.com/2012/01/26/bills-to-clean-up-reform-adoption-... that this legislation comes from the "Lentz case". Furthermore he said " the Lentz case, in which a biological father took a case against a baby’s adoptive parents to the Missouri Supreme Court on the grounds that he never agreed to the adoption. Kelly says many cases such as these come forward when a biological parent or parents figure out they can financially gain from holding up the process.
“A woman’s parental rights were … her consent for adoption of the child was irrevocably filed, the court had ruled, she had consented, the adopted child had been living with the adoptive family for almost a year, then she attempted to name a punitive father, and he attempted to disrupt the adoption proceedings,” Kelly says. “Either once you have had your rights terminated, finally, or once you have not shown responsibility … it happens regularly that people try to hold the perspective adoption parents up for financial benefit by threatening to disrupt the adoption proceedings.”
I'm wanting to repeat what was written here in case the slander and libel disappear at some point in the future. What Representative Kelly has stated about Craig Lentz is untrue, and absolutely 100% all backed up and documented over the last 6-7 years Craig has been getting favorable decisions from the MO Supreme Court. Mr. Kelly claims in his interview that " Biological parents figure out that they can financially gain from holding up the process" Craig Lentz did not do anything but stop an illegal adoption, love his son, and do whatever it took to make sure that his lineage was where he belonged. Noah belongs with his dad, but Mr. Kelly wants to rescind his birth certificate. If people are holding up the adoption for financial gain, that is blackmail and against the law, and should be taken care of properly in criminal court, not with more legislation that cuts the parents out of children's lives.
It was not a year later when Craig stepped up and started claiming his son, so at best Mr. Kelly is confused, and at worst he is just a liar.
There are many reasons why these bills will be disastrous for Missouri families. Each of these three bills acts as a way to complicate the establishment of paternity and intervening in a fraudulent adoption and contesting a fraudulent adoption.
HB 1258 should be stopped because it
would prevent mothers from telling the truth about who the natural father of the child even is. This would prevent the natural father from attempting to assert his rights to parent his child in a timely matter, and by preventing this, this bill would in one action render Missouri's putative father registry unconstitutional.
HB 1259 should be stopped because it will create an unconstitutional penalty for poor and needy families. This bill would automatically sever the paternal rights of any father in the state when the mother of the child accepts financial help such as WIC or other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, or
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
or other services for pre-natal and natal care. This would not only violate federal law but also the laws of this state. It would also create a state of fear that would cause women to be afraid to seek medical services needed to protect their health and the health of their child for fear that their child's father would loose all parental rights as a result of their choice to seek such needed help. This will not only serve to endanger the rights of mothers but also their children. It will illegally and unconstitutionally create a system by which prenatal , natal, and post birth help will come at a price, and that price will be any and all rights that a man has to his child. Because women will not want the fathers of their children to lose all rights as a penalty they will fail to seek the medical and financial help they need in order to have safe pregnancies and this will harm women and their children terribly and fatally.
HB 1260 should be stopped because It not only requires a father to provide pre-natal, natal and post natal care, but also prenatal child support, child support, medical insurance, pay for education, and also maintain constant contact and visits with the child. Not only must a man do this, but this bill requires that a man be able to prove that he did this in court. And therein lies the problem. This bill blatantly violates the
Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution . Parents of children are assumed fit. They do not have to prove their fitness. This law seek to create a situation where even fit parents who had done all that was required of them and more would loose their children if they have not kept impossibly meticulous records of this and could not afford to hire a lawyer and prove all of this in court. This will waste years of parents and children's lives and create a financial and legal burden upon parents that is clearly unconstitutional and financially prejudiced. This bill will cause outright prejudice to be practiced against minorities and the poor who most often are one in the same.
Here is a link to most all info on the "Lentz Case". http://www.friendsofnoahlevibond.com