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New Law Takes Children Away From Parents Who Don’t Affirm Their Child’s Gender Identity

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Knowledge Nuggets:

  • California’s AB 957, recently amended, would make non-affirmation of a child’s gender identity potentially abusive under California law.
  • The bill, originally introduced to factor in “gender-affirming” behavior in custody cases, now redefines California’s standards for child care.
  • The new standards could potentially see children removed from their parents’ home if parents disapprove of LGBTQ+ ideologies.
  • The legislation could allow progressive activist organizations to report cases of “gender non-affirmation” to the courts.
  • Critics argue the bill doesn’t define what would constitute “non-affirming” behavior, leaving it open to subjective interpretation.

A proposed bill in California could redefine the standard for child care in the state, with parents potentially facing allegations of abuse if they don’t affirm their child’s gender identity. The amended AB 957 passed California’s State Assembly on May 3 and is set to be further scrutinized by the State Senate on June 13.

The bill, introduced by Assembly Member Lori Wilson and co-sponsored by State Senator Scott Weiner, initially required courts to consider whether a child’s parents were “gender-affirming” in custody cases. However, a recent amendment extends this requirement to all aspects of child welfare, altering the entire California Family Code’s application and interpretation.

Should AB 957 become law, it could lead to children being removed from their parents’ custody if the parents don’t affirm LGBTQ+ ideologies. The broadened definition of what constitutes the “health, safety, and welfare of [a] child” could also impact schools, churches, hospitals, and other child-interacting organizations, as they would be required to affirm “gender transitions” in minors or risk allegations of child abuse.

The bill doesn’t provide clear definitions of “non-affirming” behavior, leading to concerns about potential subjective interpretation.

It also does not provide guidelines regarding the age of a child, how long a child has identified as transgender, or whether affirmation of social transition versus medical sex-change treatments is needed.

Critics of the bill argue that it infringes on parental rights and may lead to children being unnecessarily removed from their parents’ custody. They worry that the law could be misused and lead to widespread accusations of child abuse based on subjective interpretations of the parents’ behavior.

Jay Richards, Director of the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Life, Religion, and Family at The Heritage Foundation, called AB 957 a “grotesque violation” of children’s and parent’s rights. Nicole Pearson, founder of Facts Law Truth Justice law firm and civil rights advocacy group, similarly condemned the unconstitutionality of the bill.

The ongoing debate surrounding AB 957 showcases the tension between advancing LGBTQ+ rights and maintaining parental rights. It signals a potential paradigm shift in how child welfare and parental responsibilities are understood in law

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Laura Edwards

    June 14, 2023 at 6:37 am

    How does ‘no’ sound, moron?

  2. Bill Yohe

    June 14, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    What is wrong with you people

  3. Matt Lechner

    June 14, 2023 at 7:04 pm

    this is really sick. The queers are ruining America, they really are.

    • John

      June 15, 2023 at 5:59 am

      California The land of fruits , nuts and vegetables !

  4. Jerry DuPree

    June 14, 2023 at 7:20 pm

    Now we know why people are moving out of California. The folks there have smoked to much pot.

  5. holly

    June 15, 2023 at 1:45 am

    CAN WE FLOAT IT TO CA, Oregon and Wash. State that they split off from the rest of the US. THEY ARE CLEARLY NOT IN STEP WITH THE REST OF THE COUNTRY AND CAUSING NO END OF PERMANENT TROUBLE. IT JUST GETS WORSE. NO 7 YR. OLD KNOWS ABOUT GENDER IDENTITY UNLESS THEY ARE TAUGHT IT EXISTS AND ENCOURAGED TO THINK THEY ARE THAT WAY. PARTICULARY DANGEROUS FOR ANY CHILD PRE- PUBERTY. THINK TOM BOYS. LITTLE GIRLS PRE-PUBERTY WHO WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING GIRLY, BUT AT PUBERTY BECOME TOTALLY GIRLY. FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN WE NEED TO SPLIT THEM OFF

  6. Albert Adcock

    June 15, 2023 at 3:48 am

    Califlunkia is the most corrupt state in America. They have the worst government of all the states. However residents there have noone to blame but theirselves. I am waiting for that piece of shit to disappear into the Pacific ocean so I can listen to them blame it on President Trump

  7. James

    June 15, 2023 at 7:26 am

    Parents need to speak up against this !. How dare they take children away from the parents ( Unless the parents are abusive ), parents know whats best for there children so if a child saids ” I am the opposite sex mommy ! ” its the parents right to say ” NO YOUR NOT “.

  8. Old wolf

    June 15, 2023 at 3:21 pm

    F#ck you and your new bill, their our kids not yours. Don’t try telling me how to raise or what to call them. I made them and I know damn well who and what they are. And they will know who and what they will be called, no matter what you say. Trying to take them will not end well for you. You are warned !!! This sh#t is gone way to dark and needs to be fixed.

  9. Old wolf

    June 15, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    This is what all this queer crap is all about, while your watching this BS they passed this bill while no one was watching to find new victims for them to molest. And it’s your k8ds their looking at.

  10. Mark Davison

    June 15, 2023 at 6:10 pm

    Even if they threaten to kidnap your kids, you MUST remain loyal to God’s values. You’ll see them again in Heaven

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