A California state senator said he’s planning to leave the state and urged parents to do the same after a radical gender bill was approved by a Senate committee on an 8-1 vote.
The language of Assembly Bill 957 could open up parents to child abuse charges and potential loss of custody, if parents refuse to affirm a child’s gender identity, said California state Senator Scott Wilk, according to the Washington Times.
“In the past when we’ve had these discussions and I’ve seen parental rights atrophy, I’ve encouraged people to keep fighting. I’ve changed my mind on that,” Wilk said. “If you love your children, you need to flee California. You need to flee.”
Wilk said he was born in California, and that he still loves the state, but it’s “become oppressive,” according to Fox News.
“I’m going to move to America when I leave the legislature,” he concluded, wryly.
The bill, sponsored by Democrat Assemblywoman Lori Wilson, requires parents in custody disputes to “affirm” their child’s gender identity with medical care and pronoun usage. Judges would then be bound under the law to award custody only to those parents who affirm gender identities, said the California Globe.
An analysis of the bill from the Assembly is clear: “Requires the court to strongly consider that affirming the minor’s gender identity is in the best interest of the child if a nonconsenting parent objects to a change of name or gender marker that conforms to the minor’s gender identity.”
While the current bill only pertains to child custody disputes, Wilk predicted these types of provisions will spread and erode parental rights even further, according to Fox News.
“I’m now in year 11 in the state Legislature, and all the time we’re proposing policies to protect children. After 11 years, I’ve come to the conclusion that we need to start protecting parents,” Wilk said. “That’s just not happening. I’ve been here and witnessed a full-frontal assault on charter schools, taking away parents’ choice in how their children are going to be educated to the detriment particularly of children of color.
“In recent years, we have put government bureaucrats between parents, children, and doctors when it comes to medical care…”.