Washington State will allow children to be concealed from parents who object to changing their sex

Washington State will allow children to be concealed from parents who object to changing their sex
Transgender person. Image: Global News video screen grab

Democrats think kids aren’t mature enough to get a tattoo, and that minors aren’t mature enough to be tried in adult court for committing murder even when they are 16 or 17, but that kids are mature enough to run away from home and get a sex change that could lead to permanent amputation of body parts.

A recently-passed Washington State bill would allow kids to be temporarily concealed from their parents if the kids allegedly are seeking “gender-affirming treatment.” Gender-affirming treatment includes things such as sex-change surgery and “mastectomies.” The governor is expected to sign it into law soon.

Under recently passed Senate Bill 5599, shelters can contact the State Department of Children, Youth, and Families instead of parents when minors allegedly seek reproductive health services or gender-affirming care.

Democratic State Rep. Tana Senn lauded the bill’s passage, saying she supports children who believe they belong in a different body than they were born.

“I am saying tonight to them that I see you, that I affirm you, that I hear you, that I love you. With this bill’s passage, we say that Washington State does too.”

The bill passed along party lines, over Republican opposition. State Senate Republican Leader John Braun said the legislation wrongly “clears the way” for kids to “game the system” by taking away parents’ constitutional right to the custody of their children. 

“The only thing SB 5599 would do is cause harm by driving a wedge between vulnerable kids and their parents, at a time when a teen lacks the perception and judgment to make critical life-altering decisions. A parent may not even know why the child ran away and could involve law enforcement or other groups in a desperate search… all the while going through an unnecessary emotional nightmare, imagining the worst about what might have happened.”

Braun also noted that Democrats themselves claim that kids’ brains are not fully developed until they are at least 22 years of age, which means Democrats are allowing minors to make a life-altering decision that they may someday regret without any parental input. “Right now, [Democrats] are sponsoring a juvenile offender sentencing bill based on ‘the expansive body of scientific research on brain development, which shows that adolescents’ perception, judgment, and decision-making skills differ significantly from that of adults,'” Braun observed.

Ironically, Washington State Democrats are trying to get rid of life without parole for murderers below age 22, based on their supposedly incomplete brain development before age 25, even as they claim minors’ brains are fully developed enough to choose life-altering sex-change procedures. In its decision in In re Personal Restraint of Monschke (2021), the progressive-dominated Washington Supreme Court overturned mandatory life without parole for serial killers below age 22, citing young people’s purportedly incomplete brain development.

But in adulthood, there is little further brain development. As Charles Gardner, PhD, notes, contrary to the progressive talking point that the “brain continues to develop up to age 25,” the “real truth” is that “our brains…are 99.999% complete by age 16.”

Although the brain is not fully developed before age 16, kids are getting surgical sex changes at ages as low as 14, and puberty blockers at ages as low as 8. An analysis of insurance claims by Reuters found 56 genital surgeries and 776 mastectomies among patients ages 13 to 17.

Minors are impressionable, and children — especially girls — sometimes decide they are transgender before changing their minds. This is a rapidly spreading phenomenon. As PJ Media notes, “A study published in Archives of Sexual Behavior confirms the common-sense conclusion many observers…have long drawn” that the rapid rise in the number of people identifying as transgender is “sociogenic.” “The findings were interesting on several fronts: ‘gender transition’ is driven by social pressure; females are by psychological disposition more susceptible to the ‘trans’ social contagion; and mentally ill youth were more likely than non-mentally ill to ‘transition.’”

Students’ identification of themselves as transgender can rise in response to LGBTQ pride messaging from teachers. An Austin school teacher claimed twenty out of her 32 fourth-graders “came out” to her as LGBTQ after LGBTQ pride week. Libs of TikTok released “internal messages from a 4th grade elementary teacher in @AustinISD. She’s upset that an entire week dedicated to LGBT still wasn’t good enough. Coincidentally, 20/32 of her FOURTH GRADERS are LGBT and have ‘come out’ to her.”

Next Thursday, I will get a vagina. The procedure will last around six hours, and I will be in recovery for at least three months. Until the day I die, my body will regard the vagina as a wound; as a result, it will require regular, painful attention to maintain. This is what I want, but there is no guarantee it will make me happier. In fact, I don’t expect it to.

She still wants the sex change, but doctors don’t have magical powers, so “sex change” surgery can’t fully give transgender people the body they want. Hence, Chu’s admission that she won’t be happy, even after her sex change. The suicide rate of transgender people actually rises after they get sex changes, according to the Heritage Foundation.

Society, of course, pays the bill for sex change surgeries, which sometimes cost over $200,000, because the Affordable Care Act often requires insurers to cover sex changes and gender-reassignment surgery. So surgeries for people like Chu increase the health insurance premiums all insured Americans pay. Taxpayers end up directly paying for sex change surgeries for prison inmates (when progressive judges find inmates have an 8th Amendment right to a sex change) and for sex changes for federal employees such as soldiers. Under Biden, the Pentagon has paid for some soldiers to get sex changes. The Washington Examiner reported that “taxpayers will now foot the bill for gender reassignment surgery for active military personnel and veterans, with some treatments costing upward of $200,000 under an executive order signed by President Biden.”

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