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There's something rotten in Texas, and it's called HB 383. This bill would allow any adult, even a camp counselor or scout leader, to whip a child with a "rod", belt, or extension cord: (e) A parent of a child or other person who has the duty of control and reasonable discipline of the child may use corporal punishment for the reasonable discipline of the child. HB 383 is sponsored by Rep. Harold Dutton. More info and commentary at

This terrible bill passed the Texas legislature and now awaits the Governor's signature or veto. Please ask Governor Perry to VETO HB 383 by writing him at: [email protected] (I don't know why it says "dwhite" but that's the Gov's email address). You may also want to mention Rep. Dutton'"crude language" to me! I was flabbergasted!

Texas residents can call Gov. Perry's hotline: 1-800-843-5789

Thank you everyone!!! Texas already has an extremely high level of child abuse, 204 Texan children died from abuse last year. This bill would just encourage more hitting, leading to more injuries and deaths of children.


Thank you everyone who wrote a letter to the editor of the Bakersfield Californian, regarding Steve Haymond's "chastening instrument" to whip babies: Unfortunately they did not print any of our letters. And Steve Haymond himself defends his baby-whipping business, as our emails so him have made clear. This is such an appalling situation!! To get some attention to this toxic "business", I decided to depict the situation graphically, and made these postcards to send to Mr. Haymond and Gov. Schwarzenegger:
I've been sending them for a week now, we'll see what happens.

Some very good news, from Brookline, MA:
Here's the resolution that passed:

Other good news: Bulgaria became the 16th country to ban hitting kids!!

Feel free to pass this email around!! Thanks everyone!!
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