California pro-family organizations are sounding the alarm over a bill they say could empower state courts to seize children’s ‘temporary emergency jurisdiction’ if they come to California to transgender medication, surgery, or mental health care.
The California Family Council and the Pacific Justice Institute are warning against the bill known as SB 107, which calls such gender reassignment treatments “gender-affirming health care.” The measure was passed by the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee on June 28, even after hearing testimony from a teenager who had undergone transgender procedures and regretted them.
Chloe Cole, a 17-year-old girl who was born female but identified as male before changing course and reverting to her biological sex, testified against the bill at the hearing.
“Unknowingly, I was physically cutting my true self out of my body, irreversibly and painfully,” Cole told the committee.
SB 107 was introduced by State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-District 11) to combat what he called “brutal attacks on transgender children” in states that have banned minors from receiving blockers sterilizing puberty, cross-sex hormones and sex reassignment surgeries. Some states have called these irreversible treatments child abuse when applied to children too young to fully understand what they are doing.
As reported by CBN News, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an official notice in February explaining why he believes trans drugs and mastectomies on healthy minors violate Texas child abuse laws. children. Other states like Alabama, North Carolina, and Oklahoma have passed or introduced laws prohibiting child sex trafficking, while other states are considering similar bans.
“This bill declares war on parents across the country who do not want their children to be sterilized because of their gender dysphoria, a condition that resolves in most cases after a child reaches the age adult,” said Greg Burt, director of Capitol Engagement with the California Family Council. “Senator Wiener thinks he’s making the state a safe haven for children, but if passed, he’ll turn California into a threat to every family in the country.”
Also under the proposed measure, courts could also be instructed to ignore the fact that a child has been removed from the parent or parents with legal custody if the minor comes to California for gender transition.
“The bill (SB 107) would further prohibit a court from considering the taking or retention of a child from a person who has lawful custody of the child, if the taking or retention was for the purpose of obtaining care of gender-affirming health or mental health care,” according to the nonpartisan and authoritative Legislative Counsel’s Digest in its description of SB 107.
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Matthew McReynolds, senior counsel at the Pacific Justice Institute, believes the wording of the bill essentially provides an exception for certain kidnapping cases.
The SB 107 “jumps forward over the precipice,” McReynolds explained. “Stating in effect that he will welcome and protect the abductors – including parents who have been found to be unstable and unfit to care for their children – as long as the adult fleeing with the child says he done to put the child on sex hormone therapy or other “gender-affirming” Orwellian care.
“SB 107 is perhaps the most brazen assault on basic parental rights in this state’s history,” he warned.
Other California attorneys have expressed similar concerns.
“SB 107 is a direct attack on parental and state rights that will cause great harm to children and families if enacted,” said attorney Dean Broyles, president of the National Center for Law. and Policy.
“It seeks to make California a sanctuary state for parents or guardians willing to unilaterally facilitate the abuse of minors struggling with gender dysphoria. It decimates the legal jurisdiction of other states, creating an exception to well-established legal prohibitions and universal on abduction, allowing children to be illegally brought to California, as long as the purpose is to seek ‘gender-affirming care,'” Broyles said.
Protect Our Kids President and Founder Mark Schneider, Esq., is also appalled by the bill’s implications for parental rights.
“SB 107 would elevate the dangerous practice of ‘gender-affirming health care’ to a legal status never before granted to state jurisdiction,” Schneider explained. “It would pit state against state and parents against parents.”
SB 107 is a bill that AC lawmakers call a “gut-and-fine.” That means SB 107 started out in the Senate as a completely different bill, which Senator Wiener decided to turn into a completely different bill once it got to the Assembly, according to the California Family Council.
The Assembly Appropriations Committee is due to hear the bill on August 3. If passed by the Assembly, it will have to return to the Senate for approval.
CBN News has reached out to Senator Scott Wiener’s office for comment. We will post the answer here if we have an answer.