State Sen. Scott Wiener is celebrating today — his bill, SB 107, which will erode parents’ rights by allowing minor children to travel to California for trans procedures, puberty blockers, known as “gender-affirming health care.”
Should SB 107 pass, non-parent adults could bring minor children to California for experimental and damaging transgender medical interventions, without the knowledge or consent of their parents.
The bill would make California a destination state for “transgender” procedures for minors.
Sen. Wiener Tweeted: “Our transgender state of refuge bill (SB 107) — ensuring families with trans kids can seek refuge in CA if other states criminalize them for allowing their kids to get healthcare — just passed its final Assembly committee & heads to the Assembly floor. Thank you, colleagues.”
Our transgender state of refuge bill (SB 107) — ensuring families with trans kids can seek refuge in CA if other states criminalize them for allowing their kids to get healthcare — just passed its final Assembly committee & heads to the Assembly floor. Thank you, colleagues.
— Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) August 3, 2022
“This is an accepted medical practice,” Sen. Wiener told the Assembly Appropriations Committee Wednesday. He described the “accepted medical practice” as “Parents allowing their children to have health care.”
Other states look at the issue as trying to prevent harm to minors.
Wiener characterized Texas and Alabama, two states which have overturned policies allowing minors to transition to another gender, as “trying to remove the ability of parents to provide health care to their children.”
“There have been recent actions in other states targeting transgender youth, their parents, and medical providers who perform gender-affirming health care,” Wiener says.
Ohio (OH HB 454), Kansas (KS HB 2210 & SB 214), and Missouri (MO SB 843 & HB 2649), have bills pending before their legislatures targeting gender-affirming care for transgender youth.
The Assembly Public Safety Committee bill analysis explains:
According to the author [Wiener], “SB 107 reduces the harm done to transgender youth and their families by making it clear that other state’s laws that punish people for providing or receiving gender-affirming health care is contrary to the public policy of California.
“SB 107 would prohibit the enforcement of a civil judgment against a person or entity who allows a child to receive gender-affirming health care. Similarly, this bill would also bar health care providers from complying with subpoenas requiring the disclosure of medical information related to gender-affirming health care that interferes with a person’s right to allow a child to receive said care.
“Lastly, SB 107 would prohibit law enforcement agencies from making, or intentionally participating in, the arrest of an individual pursuant to an out-of-state arrest warrant based on another state’s law against receiving, or allowing a child to receive, gender-affirming health care.”
A lawyer/mother at the hearing said SB 107 is unconstitutional and violates parental rights by offering protections to non-custodial parents to abscond to California for trans gender treatments. “Every Attorney General in the country should be filing lawsuits against California for sterilizing or experimenting on minors,” she said.
Another mother had Greg Burt with the California Family Council read her statement to the committee. She said she left the Democrat Party because of the “de-gendering.” She said her daughter was on puberty blockers and became suicidal. “The public school was pushing the gender change.” When her daughter received therapy and wanted off the puberty blockers, the mother was investigated by Child Protective Services. “Only time will tell what the puberty blockers did,” she said.
The Protect Child Health Coalition said:
“SB107 would create a series of unprecedented and dangerous exceptions to California law and customary practice regarding cooperation with other states’ legal proceedings. For example, it would forbid the release of medical information, even in a civil or criminal proceeding and even in response to a valid subpoena.”
“Even more shocking is what the law says about parental custody determinations. It would actually authorize parental kidnapping (when a non-custodial parent illegally takes a child from the parent who has legal custody) if the purpose of the kidnapping is to subject the child to radical gender transition procedures.
“California must stand with LGBTQ kids and their families, especially when they’re under attack across the country,” said Senator Wiener in a statement following the hearing. “SB 107 ensures that California is a refuge state for trans kids and their parents, so they can be safe here. Parents should never be separated from their kids or criminalized for simply allowing them to be who they are. We need to hold firm in our support for the LGBTQ community and stand with LGBTQ youth.”
SB 107 is co-sponsored by Equality California, Planned Parenthood, and Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis.
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