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Radical Democrats in the state of Washington are pushing a new bill to provide gender transition medical services to runaway minors without parental consent.
Republicans argue this clearly undermines parental rights.
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This can result in juveniles getting an abortion and/or gender surgeries that include removing a girl’s breasts or uterus without parental knowledge or consent.
The bill, known as Senate Bill 5599, has successfully passed the Washington House. It is sponsored by Democrat state senator Marko Liias.
Democrats have advanced the bill by framing it in terms of runaway juveniles who are suffering from abuse and seeking shelter.
If so, the minor can seek a homeless shelter or “host home,” receive “protected health care services,” and avoid informing parents or legal guardians.
If children are seeking reproductive health services or gender-affirming care, shelters will contact the Department of Children, Youth and Families instead of parents.
Last night, Washington state passed SB 5599 which allows the state to legally take children away from their parents if they don’t consent to their child’s gender transition surgeries.
All Democrats voted, yes.
All Republicans voted, no. https://t.co/C9wtbBxLWq
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Many argue that this bill could lead to abuse and exploitation of minors, as it creates a potential avenue for predators to take advantage of vulnerable children who may be seeking shelter or medical services.
This could also have long-term consequences on the mental and physical health of children who may not have the maturity or capacity to make informed decisions about their healthcare.
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Others have also pointed out that the government should not be involved in providing gender-affirming care to minors, and that such decisions should be left to parents and medical professionals.