A measure that would charge parents of child abuse if they fail to “affirm” their children’s alleged gender identity was reportedly advanced by lawmakers on Tuesday, prompting a warning from a Republican politician in California to families to leave the Golden State.
Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Antelope Valley) raised concerns during a hearing late on Tuesday night after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-1 to advance Assembly Bill 957, which overhauls much of the state’s family law and categorizes a parent’s affirmation of the child’s gender identity as part of the health, safety, and welfare of the child.
“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 — if you love your children, you need to flee California. You need to flee.” Wilk warned.
The measure changes Section 3011 of the Family Code, which deals with child custody issues, and mandates that a judge must take affirmation of a purported transgender identity into account while assessing the “best interests” of the kid.
Under the new law denying a child’s “gender identity” would be akin to child abuse and a breach of their health, safety, and welfare.
Any entity that interacts with children, including as schools, churches, and hospitals, would be forced to support gender transitions in minors since the measure alters the definition of what defines a child’s “health, safety, and welfare.”