A California bill could take out-of-state children seeking sex-change from parents who oppose

A “gender-affirming health care” bill would make California a refuge for out-of-state minors seeking sex changes, even stripping custody of them from parents who oppose the procedures. 

Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener introduced the bill, which would also block out-of-state court orders that revoked child custody from parents seeking illegal sex changes for their children. 

“For those that didn’t know, [Wiener] proposed a law in California that removes parental rights in all 50 states,” Florida Department of Health Press Secretary Jeremy Redfern tweeted in response to the bill. “California will take your kid, put them into their foster system, and allow them to receive a double mastectomy.” 

According to SB 107, “This bill would prohibit a provider of health care, a health care service plan, or a contractor from releasing medical information related to sensitive services or related to a person or entity allowing a child to receive gender-affirming health care in response to a criminal or civil action, including a foreign subpoena, based on another state’s law that authorizes a person to bring a civil or criminal action against a person or entity that allows a child to receive gender-affirming health care.” 

The bill also protects parents fleeing to California seeking to change their children’s sex from being arrested by other states. 

Wiener’s bill is seen as a response to other states’ legislation that restricts so-called “gender-affirming” health care. Under state law, Texas treats puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones and surgery as child abuse. Arizona has banned such procedures for minors, and Florida is pushing to ban child sex procedures altogether. 

Sen. Wiener tweeted: “We’re announcing legislation to protect & grant refuge to trans kids & their parents who flee to CA from Texas, etc., in the event states try to separate these kids from their parents, criminalize the parents, or criminalize people coming to CA to receive gender-affirming care.” 

The bill also weakens parental rights of those in other states who aren’t supportive of sex changes for their kids, by giving California custody of them. A statement in the bill reads: “The bill would authorize a court to take temporary jurisdiction because a child has been unable to obtain gender-affirming health care.” 

 “SB 107 may be the most brazen assault on fundamental parental rights in the history of this state,” says senior attorney Matthew McReynolds of the Pacific Justice Institute. “This is not a game, a spoof, or a joke. Families who thought they had escaped California will not be safe if this bill is enacted. It is time for citizens to call their legislators en masse to let them know they will be swept out of office this November if this bill passes.” 

According to the California Family Council, under the bill state officials would look the other way even if a pro-sex-change parent kidnaps a child and brings him or her to California: “Courts would also be instructed to ignore the fact that a child has been kidnapped from the parent or parents with legal custody, if the minor comes to the state for gender transitioning.” 

McReynolds agrees, saying that under the bill, California would “welcome and protect kidnappers – including parents who have been adjudicated as unstable and unfit to care for their children – as long as the adult absconding with the child says they are doing so to put the child into gender-hormone therapy or some other Orwellian gender-affirming care.”