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MS governor signs legislation to protect children from dangerous procedures

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2023

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Matt Sharp, director of the ADF Center for Legislative Advocacy, regarding Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves’s signing Tuesday of the Regulate Experimental Adolescent Procedures (REAP) Act, a bill that protects children from dangerous, life-altering medical procedures:

“Denying the truth that we are either male or female hurts real people, especially vulnerable children. Mississippi is right to stop the injection of political agendas into the health care system by ensuring that children are protected from life-altering, experimental procedures and drugs. Science and common sense tell us that children are not mature enough to properly evaluate the serious ramifications when making certain decisions—the decision to undergo dangerous and likely sterilizing gender transition procedures is no exception. We are grateful to Gov. Reeves, Speaker Gunn, Rep. Newman, and the Mississippi Legislature for taking this strong stand for truth and the protection of Mississippi’s 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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ABOUT Matt Sharp

Matt Sharp serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he is the director of the Center for Legislative Advocacy and focuses on state and local legislative matters. Since joining ADF in 2010, Sharp has authored federal and state legislation, regularly provides testimony and legal analysis on how proposed legislation will impact constitutional freedoms, and advises governors, legislators, and state and national policy organizations on the importance of laws and policies that protect First Amendment rights. He has testified before the United States Congress on the importance of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Sharp also authored an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of nearly 9,000 students, parents, and community members asking the court to uphold students’ right to privacy against government intrusion. Sharp earned his J.D. in 2006 from the Vanderbilt University School of Law. A member of the bar in Georgia and Tennessee, he is also admitted to practice in several federal courts.