California is leading an effort for states to become sanctuaries for children seeking transgender medical treatment.
State Senator Scott Wiener has sponsored a bill, SB 107, that would pave the way for California courts to take “temporary emergency jurisdiction” for a child present in the state who has been unable to obtain puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, or gender surgery elsewhere.
A California General Assembly analysis from the Public Safety committee says the bill “confers a California family court with jurisdiction to make an initial child custody determination if the presence of a child in this state is for the purpose of obtaining gender-affirming health care.”
The LGBTQ Victory Institute says lawmakers in New York and Minnesota have introduced similar bills and legislators in 16 other states have committed to introducing bills as well. Those states include: Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.
Weiner says the bill is aimed at protecting kids from states like Texas, Alabama and Idaho that penalize parents for allowing their children to receive transgender medical treatment.
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