The next generation

As a mother and grandmother, the work I do is with an eye to the next generation and the impact what we do today will have on them tomorrow. Will they still have the freedoms my parents and grandparents fought for? Will they have the right to life to begin with?

This week, I saw an example of how God is raising up the next generation to do good. I had the pleasure of hosting Chris Cottrell at the Arizona Senate. Chris grew up in Arizona where he participated in a youth government advocacy and training organization called TeenPact. Through his time with TeenPact and his own experience seeing a loved one suffer from abuse, he wrote a bill that became Chris’ Law. The law keeps alleged sexual offenders from posting bail and established a boundary around Arizona schools to prevent convicted sexual offenders from living in proximity of schools. The accompanying constitutional amendment passed the ballot with the largest margin for any ballot measure in Arizona history.

And as for the right to life? We won a HUGE battle for the lives of the pre-born when my 15-week abortion ban (SB 1164) passed the Senate on a party-line vote. Now we wait and pray for it to pass the Arizona House. This is a very similar bill to the one being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Dobbs case that could spell the end of Roe v. Wade. To learn more about the development of a child at 15 weeks, check out this informative article from our friends at the Charlotte Lozier Institute. The passage of the bill caught national attention with outlets from the New York Post to Townhall and Breitbart reporting on it.

And finally, on Wednesday, the Senate passed a ban on irreversible gender surgeries for minors (‘Help Not Harm’ – SB 1138).  This is a major protection for children and will now proceed to the House.

My Senate HHS committee will continue this Monday at 9:30 to finish the agenda that was too long to finish last week. Many of the bills remaining will focus on accountability for the care of the seriously mentally ill and the millions in drug treatment programs funded by taxpayers. Also, SB 1078 will further protect the confidentiality of employees’ medical information (the Phoenix Children’s Hospital recently released 350 employee records regarding whether they received a religious exemption from vaccination – oops!).

Thank you for your continued support!

Quote Worth Re-Quoting
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan

For freedom,

Nancy Barto