California Begins Enforcing Law Taking Away Parental Rights Over Child Transitioning

On Sunday, the state of California began enforcing a new law that has made the state a “sanctuary” for children who believe they are of the opposite gender and thus seek medical procedures that they believe will “affirm” their gender identity.

As reported by the Daily Caller, the law declares that judges in California are forbidden from complying with orders from judges in other states that revoke parental custody from an adult who is trying to force a child to transition. Parents who are within the state of California are protected from any form of extradition or otherwise having to follow the law of any other state regarding this issue.

The bill, Senate Bill 107, was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) on September 30th, 2022, and went into effect on January 1st of this year. The bill was introduced by State Senator Scott Wiener (D-Calif.), a gay man who has become notorious for introducing numerous pieces of legislation aimed at reaffirming the delusion known as “transgenderism,” which is the scientifically-debunked belief that there are more than two genders, and that anyone can change their gender at any given time.

Wiener and other Democrats have said that the bill was in response to statewide restrictions imposed in in the state of Texas cracking down on such “gender transition” procedures for minors, declaring them a form of child abuse. The executive order by Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) ordered the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to look into possible criminal charges for any medical professionals who perform such operations, as well as any other adults who enable a child’s belief that they are trans. Similar restrictions have been passed in other Republican-led states.

“States like Texas & Alabama are seeking to tear these families apart,” said state Wiener in his announcement of the bill. “California won’t be party to it. We have your backs.”

Meanwhile, many advocacy groups have pointed out that the California bill completely erases parents’ rights over their own children’s medical well-being.

“Senate Bill 107 is an extreme overreaction to modest efforts by other states to prevent harm to minors,” said the Protect Child Health Coalition in a statement opposing the bill. “It 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.”

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.