Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law that would allow his state to assume jurisdiction over children who come to California seeking “gender-affirming health care or gender-affirming mental health care.” Such “care” includes the administration of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and even irreversible, body-mutilating gender reassignment surgery.
Yes—you read that correctly—if a minor seeking a sex-change operation against his or her parent’s wishes crosses the border into California, Golden State courts are now authorized to take temporary custody of the child, legally thwarting the fundamental rights of the parents.
Specifically, California Senate Bill 107 reads, “A court of this state has temporary emergency jurisdiction if the child is present in this state and the child has been abandoned or it is necessary in an emergency to protect the child because the child, or a sibling or parent of the child, is subjected to, or threatened with, mistreatment or abuse, or because the child has been unable to obtain gender-affirming health care or gender-affirming mental health care…”
Additionally, Senate Bill 107 seeks to make California a “safe haven” for dangerous chemical and surgical treatments upon minors. Several sections of the bill direct California to override the policies of other states that have enacted laws to prohibit the administration of gender-related chemical and surgical treatments on minors. Amazingly, as you can read above and in other sections of the bill, the new California law treats a parent’s refusal to provide gender-related drugs and treatments to their child in a similar manner as it does for instances of abandonment, abuse, and domestic violence.
In response to the Governor’s signing of this bill, California Family Council President Jonathan Keller responded, “SB 107 endangers every young person in the nation who experiences gender dysphoria. By signing this extreme bill, Gavin Newsom is telling all parents across the country that he knows what’s best for their children. Mothers and fathers in every state should demand their elected representatives push back against this unconstitutional assault on parental rights. Governors and legislators must defend their citizens from this out-of-control government in Sacramento.”
Closer to home, a bill to protect children in North Carolina from the administration of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and related surgical procedures was introduced in the 2021 Legislative Session but, unfortunately, was not enacted into law.
“Senate Bill 514 is an essential measure to protect the health, safety, and welfare of adolescents, teens, and young adults in North Carolina from chemical and surgical interventions that are destroying individual lives and families across our nation,” said NC Family President John L. Rustin at the time the bill was introduced in the North Carolina Senate.
“These drugs and body-mutilating surgeries cause sterility and irreversible physical damage to young people suffering from gender dysphoria and other challenges,” Rustin continued. “Because 80 percent or more of teens who experience gender dysphoria eventually identify as their biological sex, the compassionate approach is to provide wise counsel and resist the cultural trend to rush into harmful hormone therapies and gender transition procedures.”
For more details on California’s radical Senate Bill 107, read a legal analysis from our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).