The state House of Washington, which is controlled by Democrats, approved legislation on Thursday that would thwart parents’ attempts to protect their kids from transsexual conversion treatments and irreversible medical operations.
Republicans in the state have pointed out that, if Dem. Gov. Jay Inslee signs the measure into law, it would not just weaken parental rights but will also label parents who oppose the extreme transgender ideology as child abusers.
Senator Marko Liias’ Senate law 5599 was originally authorized by the state Senate on March 1 with a vote of 27-19. On April 12 the House passed the bill with a vote of 57-39. Republican Representative Bryan Sandlin didn’t vote against the measure, despite the divided votes along partisan lines.
The measure, as revised by the House, will be sent to the desk of Inslee’s for ratification after receiving approval from the Senate.
The law states that if a minor is “searching for or getting protected medical services,” which are referred to elsewhere as “gender-affirming treatment along with reproductive health care,” neither licensed nor unlicensed individuals or groups that provide shelter for a runaway child knowing that the child in question “is away outside of a lawfully prescribed place of residence or home with no parental authorization” are required to notify the parents of the child or authorities of the child’s whereabouts.
In other words, if a child seeks — with no parental approval — a sex shift, a the trachea shave, mastectomy, implanted breasts, an abortion, puberty obstructions, or “assisted reproduction” assistance, no longer will individuals or youth/homeless shelters be required to inform the parents of the children or authorities of their whereabouts.
“We are aware that young individuals who are homeless are subject to detrimental and deadly results. Because of this, we must do all in our power to assure their safety,” Liias said in a statement. “This law makes sure our trans youth receive safeguards as well as access to safe and steady shelter as they might not be welcomed at home.”
Liias is a co-chair of the LGBTQ Caucus in the California Senate, where he has fought for the outlawing of gay-to-straight therapy conversion in the past.
According to conservative radio personality Jason Rantz of KTTH Radio, Democrats opposed an amendment that would’ve made it clear that the purpose of the legislation was to safeguard children from parents who were causing them actual damage or the threat of such harm.
State Representative Jamila Taylor (D) asserted that “parental rights aren’t infinite” and claimed that the change would make it more difficult to “keep children safe.”
Rep. Tana Senn (D) hinted that failing to acknowledge a child’s mental condition by the parent is just as dangerous as being an abusive parent.
In a joint video assertion, Republican Representatives Peter Abbarno and Chris Corry claimed that Democrats had flatly rejected all of their modifications, including one that would have prohibited strangers from being able to hide children in situations where children ran away due to a simple “disagreement or simply an argument” with parents, as opposed to actual abuse.
Corry and Abbarno emphasized that by passing this measure, Dems. are “eroding the rights of parents within the state of Washington.”
“This clearly represents a grave breach of parental rights. Parents all around Washington State are quite concerned about it,” according to Corry.