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Does Andy Beshear Oppose Parental Rights?

September 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — Kentucky’s Democratic candidate for governor Andy Beshear announced his support for the transgender movement’s radical agenda in June when he promised he would “always stand up for equality” for the “LGBTQ community” — but Beshear has not weighed in on the issue of parental rights, which often pit parents trying to do best for their kids against the mandates of an out-of-control and increasingly powerful movement.

Earlier this year, the Kentucky legislature considered SB 152, the Parents’ Rights Act, a bill that would affirm the fundamental right of parents to direct and consent to the medical care, education, and upbringing of their children. The bill would require the state of Kentucky to demonstrate a compelling interest before restricting parental rights. Governor Matt Bevin supports SB 152, as do thousands of parents across the state of Kentucky. Andy Beshear has remained silent.

Terry Schilling, executive director of American Principles Project, released the following statement:

When a child is struggling with mental health problems and expresses confusion about their gender to a teacher or school administrator, should the school keep it a secret from the child’s parents?

Should government bureaucrats and medical professionals make medical decisions for a child against the wishes of the child’s parents by forcing a child to take experimental ‘gender-changing’ drugs that permanently alter the child’s body?

Andy Beshear won’t say. He understands how unpopular it would be for him to come out against parental rights, so he has remained silent.

But Kentucky voters have a right to know: Does Andy Beshear support the radical transgender movement’s effort to restrict parental rights all across the United States, including within the state of Kentucky?

We encourage Kentucky journalists to ask Beshear the question directly. We anticipate this issue will play a significant role in November’s election.

To schedule an interview with Terry Schilling, contact Paul Dupont at (o) 202-503-2010 or pdupont@americanprinciplesproject.org.


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