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ADF to 1st Circuit: Protect parents' right to raise children without govt interference

Kids bear the brunt when superintendents and school boards usurp the role of parents

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kate Anderson, director of the ADF Center for Parental Rights, regarding a friend-of-the-court brief ADF attorneys filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit in Foote v. Ludlow School Committee supporting parents’ rights to make decisions about how their children are raised:

“Parents—not government officials—have the fundamental right to direct the upbringing, care, and education of their children. Yet the Ludlow School Committee has joined a troubling trend of school districts enacting gender-identity policies that exclude parents from any knowledge or involvement in key decisions regarding their children’s care and education. As we explain in our brief, Ludlow School Committee officials blatantly disregarded parents’ rights, acting as if government-run schools are more appropriate guardians of children than their own moms and dads. When public school officials violate parental rights, it’s vulnerable children who suffer. We urge the 1st Circuit to affirm the constitutional protections parents have so they can make the best decisions for their own kids.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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Kate Anderson
Kate Anderson
Senior Counsel, Director of Center for Parental Rights
Kate Anderson serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is the director of the Center for Parental Rights.