There are so many doctors, teachers, mental health professionals, parents, and politicians out there who are perfectly happy with physically mutilating children and subjecting them to years of dangerous hormone therapy protocols that sometimes it can feel like if you oppose such things, you are a voice crying in the wilderness.
Over the last month, however, we have been heartened to see that there are politicians out there who are willing to stand up and treat the real-life dangers of so-called “gender transitions” for children as it ought to be treated: like sheer, criminal insanity.
In Texas, in the wake of the horrifying case of a 7-year-old boy whose mother insists is a girl and got very close to convincing a court to restrict his father from having any say in the child’s “transition,” Governor Greg Abbot personally intervened to make sure that CPS and the Texas Attorney General would be involved.
FYI the matter of 7 year old James Younger is being looked into by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. #JamesYounger
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 23, 2019
After Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) also expressed horror at the case, Texas State Rep. Matt Krause announced that he would be introducing legislation prohibiting the use of puberty blockers for children under the age of 18.
Absent a special session between now & the the 87th Session, I will introduce legislation that prohibits the use of puberty blockers in these situations for children under 18. We missed our opportunity to do so in the 86th Session. We won’t miss the next one. #savejamesyounger https://t.co/BpbGDPwujZ
— Matt Krause (@RepMattKrause) October 24, 2019
Now, a Georgia lawmaker is floating the same kind of legislation in her state, and we can only hope that many, many lawmakers follow suit until children are protected from this insanity at the federal level.
A Cobb County lawmaker wants to make it a felony for medical professionals to help a minor with gender transition.
State Rep. Ginny Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, said the legislation aims to protect children from having irreversible procedures done when they are young. Current law requires a parent to consent to surgery or for a minor to be prescribed medication.
While the bill is still being drafted, Ehrhart said Georgia medical providers who perform surgeries or administer or prescribe medications that assist minors with gender transition could be charged with a felony. The legislation would not affect doctors working with adults who seek to undergo gender transition.
“We’re talking about children that can’t get a tattoo or smoke a cigar or a cigarette in the state of Georgia but can be castrated and get sterilized,” she said.
Ehrhart last year defeated Democratic opponent Jen Slipakoff, who often spoke of her transgender daughter during campaign events.
Naturally, this proposal was quite triggering for the proponents of giving dangerous synthetic hormone treatments to children who have a definitive mental illness or whose parents simply think they should be a girl, as in the case of Texas’ James Younger.
Jeff Graham, the executive director of the LGBTQ rights organization Georgia Equality, called Ehrhart’s proposal “shameful.”
“This legislation would criminalize decisions that are made carefully within families in consultation with medical professionals and mental health professionals,” says Jeff Graham, the executive director of the LGBTQ rights organization Georgia Equality. “Supporting children in recognizing their gender identity is not only humane, it saves lives and strengthens families.”
There is a big, big difference between supporting children and chemically castrating them or giving them hormone treatment “therapy” which can have lifelong, irreversible effects on their natural development.
And it’s absolutely insane that we even have to clarify this.
Good for these lawmakers who are willing to go against the grain and draft legislation that is based on common sense and morality.
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