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New Senate bill pushes back on AG Garland, ensures protection of parental rights

Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Matt Sharp regarding the Parents’ Bill of Rights Act, introduced by U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley Wednesday, designed to ensure parents remain free to direct the upbringing, care, and education of their children:

“A government with unchecked power to intrude on parental rights can easily become a threat to everyone’s freedom. Sen. Hawley’s bill helps protect the right of parents to raise and educate their children consistent with their beliefs and values. In light of the recent threats to parental rights from Attorney General Merrick Garland and school boards across the country, it is important that Congress pass laws that safeguard the right of parents to make decisions regarding their children. We commend Sen. Hawley for introducing this timely legislation, and we urge Congress to enact these protections so parents can continue to decide what is best for 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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ABOUT Matt Sharp

Matt Sharp serves as senior counsel and state government relations national director with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he 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 has also worked on important cases advancing religious freedom and free speech. He has won cases upholding the rights of students to form religious clubs, invite classmates to church, and even perform a religious song at a school talent show. He 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.