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AZ governor signs bill to expand protections for parental rights

Father with daughter

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Matt Sharp regarding Gov. Doug Ducey’s signing Friday of HB 2161, a bill that builds on Arizona’s existing Parental Bill of Rights to ensure that parents are free to direct the upbringing, care, and education of their children:

“Parents have the right to raise and educate their children consistent with their beliefs and values without fear of being unjustly punished by government. HB 2161 defends that right by strengthening Arizona’s existing Parental Bill of Rights, making Arizona one of the strongest defenders of parental rights in the country. We’ve seen growing instances nationwide of public school and government officials actively seeking to replace parents as the ultimate determiners of what’s best for children, so we are thankful that Arizona is taking the lead in guaranteeing that parental rights are protected. We commend Gov. Ducey and the Arizona Legislature for enacting this vital legislation so Arizona’s parents can continue to oversee the upbringing and education of their children.”

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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