As the transgender movement continues its all-out takeover of every facet of society, some state lawmakers are looking to turn the tide.
Last week, we reported that several South Dakota republicans had sponsored a new bill, HB 1057, which would make several dangerous “gender-affirming” procedures performed on minors, including the prescription of puberty blockers, a felony in the state.
While it’s not ideal to have legislators standing between a patient and their doctor, we must remember that the government’s primary responsibility is to ensure the liberty and safety of its people. Children are being subjected to torturous medical interventions to make their bodies match their confused minds. The affirmation-only model of care in American medicine is a threat to the safety and wellbeing of children, and we applaud the lawmakers who seem to be the only people in power taking this threat seriously.
“The changes are overwhelming and life-changing. Children need to wait until they’re mature to do it,” said Rep. Fred Deutsch, the original sponsor of HB 1057.
While Deutsch’s bill would not interfere with a child’s ability to “socially transition,” that is, to wear the clothes and use names and pronouns of their own choosing, it would serve as a “pause button” before that child embarks on an irreversible course of treatment that poses serious risks they cannot possibly understand at young ages.
Although puberty blockers are touted as a safe, reversible intervention that can literally save children’s lives by helping to prevent suicide, several experts cast serious doubt on the long-term safety of these drugs on children and young adults.
According to a report from the Gender Health Query, a group of LGBT academics and concerned citizens, there are serious ethical questions as to whether or not children can truly consent to decisions that “may provide welcome relief in the short term, but have serious long-term consequences.”
“10-year-old children are now making decisions about procedures that can negatively impact sexual function, cause life-long dependence on hormone prescriptions and monitoring, irrevocably alter their bodies, and sterilize them,” the report adds.
Thankfully, South Dakota isn’t alone, and the fight to protect children from these dangerous, questionable “therapies” is spreading across the nation.
As we reported back in November, Georgia state Rep. Ginny Ehrhart proposed a bill that would prevent medical professionals from aiding a child in any sort of medical “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,” Ehrhart said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Meanwhile, the Kentucky Student Privacy Act, was pre-filed in December by state Rep. David Hale to prevent “potential embarrassment, shame and psychological injury” inevitably experienced by students forced to share bathrooms with transgender children based merely on self-identification.
“Parents have a reasonable expectation that schools will not allow minor children to be viewed in various states of undress by members of the opposite biological sex, nor allow minor children to view members of the opposite sex in various states of undress,” the bill says, in part. “Schools have a duty to respect and protect the privacy rights of students, including the right not to be compelled to undress or be unclothed in the presence of members of the opposite biological sex.”
After the state was shaken by the high-profile case of James Younger, a little boy being forcibly transitioned by his deranged mother, Texas also has a bill in the works aimed at preventing similar cases in the future.
Back in October, Texas Rep. Matt Krause stated that he will “introduce legislation that prohibits the use of puberty blockers in these situations for children under 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
Krause’s concerns were echoed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) who called the attempted subjection of James Younger to puberty blockers and hormones “nothing less than child abuse.”
A 7-year-old child doesn't have the maturity to make profound decisions like this. The state of Texas should protect this child's right to choose—as an informed, mature person—and not be used as a pawn in a left-wing political agenda. #ProtectJamesYounger
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) October 24, 2019
On the athletics front, Tennessee is looking to pass a promising bill that would keep transgender student athletes from joining teams and competing according to their imaginary genders.
“We are seeing more and more transgender athletes competing and posting victories in traditionally gendered sports competitions and doing so to the detriment of girls and women biologically born female. Boys and men, due to testosterone levels, bigger bone structure, greater lung capacity, and larger heart size, have physical advantages in sports relative to girls and women,” said Rep. Bruce Griffey, the bill’s primary sponsor.
Unsurprisingly, virtually all of these bills have been met with radical, emotionally-charged language from pro-LGBT talking heads, playing the worn-out “allow kids to be transgender without question or they’ll kill themselves” card, calling the bills “violent,” “deadly,” and an “attack on LGBT youth.”
In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. We love, mourn for, and care very deeply about the poor children being subjected to gender-bending propaganda and confusion. We want to see them protected from the serious, oft-ignored potential dangers and consequences of these procedures.
More than anything, we want these children to know the love and saving power of the Creator who made them male and female without mistake.
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