On Wednesday, a bill was passed by the Washington State House of Representatives that would forbid parents from intervening in their own child’s decision to undergo a sex change surgery.
As reported by Fox News, Senate Bill 5599 would allow host homes for runaway youth “to house youth without parental permission.” Subsequently, the host homes would not be required to notify the parents about their children’s medical procedures, “if there is a compelling reason not to, which includes a youth seeking protected health services.”
The bill further defends the provision of refusing to inform parents by claiming that “circumstances that indicate notifying the parent or legal guardian will subject the minor to abuse or neglect.”
Among the “protected health care services” covered by the bill is “gender-affirming care,” the term used by far-left activists to describe procedures such as genital mutilation surgeries, cross-sex hormones, and puberty blockers, among other treatments.
The bill ensures that, instead of contacting the children’s parents, host homes can instead communicate with the Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).
“The only thing [the bill] would do is cause harm by driving a wedge between vulnerable kids and their parents, at a time when a teen lacks the perception and judgment to make critical life-altering decisions,” said State Senate Republican Leader John Braun said. “A parent may not even know why the child ran away and could involve law enforcement or other groups in a desperate search… all the while going through an unnecessary emotional nightmare, imagining the worst about what might have happened.”
The bill now heads for the desk of Governor Jay Inslee (D-Wash.), who is expected to sign it into law.