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ALGOP praises Paschal bill that would make parental rights “fundamental rights”

Chairman John Wahl said the legislation is an important piece of the party’s priorities passed at its 2022 summer meeting.

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Alabama Republican Party Chairman John Wahl praised State Rep. Kenneth Paschal Tuesday for his work on legislation aimed at protecting and preserving parental rights in the State of Alabama.

“Parental rights is an important issue for members of the Alabama Republican Party,” Wahl said in a statement. “Our membership overwhelmingly passed a resolution at our 2022 Summer Meeting calling on state officials to secure that right. Rep. Paschal has been a champion on these issues, and we want to thank him for his work.”

Paschal’s legislation establishes that parents rights are a “fundamental right” not an “ordinary right,” and therefore cannot be stripped away without “compelling reason.”

“Both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Alabama Supreme Court have recognized that parental rights are a fundamental right, and it’s time state law reflected that,” Wahl said. “Parents know their children and their needs better than the government. Codifying this in state law will prevent the government from overreaching and overriding parental decisions.”

If passed, Alabama would join 15 other state that have ensured parental rights are a “fundamental right.” Shaun Alexander – former University of Alabama running back, 2005 NFL MVP, and National Vice President of the Parental Rights Foundation has endorsed the measure.

Jacob Holmes is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected]

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