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Last September, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation to make California a sanctuary state for gender surgery.
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The bill aimed to make it possible for children from other states to receive what proponents of transgenderism call gender-affirming surgery and hormone therapy without their parents’ consent or knowledge.
It also includes provisions to keep residents of states with bans on child gender transitioning from being prosecuted.
A California nonprofit, parental rights group, Our Watch, filed a lawsuit in
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Western Division against California Attorney General Rob Bonta.
Advocates for Faith and Freedom will be submitting the filing which will demand a jury trial regarding the bill, Senate Bill 107.
“California recently passed Senate Bill (‘SB’) 107, which violates the right of every parent in every state to direct the upbringing and care of their child,” according to a copy of the filing obtained by Fox News Digital. “SB 107 allows minors to obtain gender transition procedures like harmful puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and irreversible surgeries without parental consent, while denying parents access to their child’s medical information. The bill also allows California to exercise ‘emergency jurisdiction’ over minors seeking gender dysphoria treatment.”
The lawsuit contends that “SB 107 interferes with the parents right to control the important medical decisions of their children. Parents, not the government, are best suited to decide whether their child should undergo a life-altering and irreversible surgery that seeks to change the sex of the child.”
Our Watch, led by Pastor Tim Thompson, points out the unconstitutional nature of the bill. It violates U.S. constitutional protections under the First and 14th Amendments because it “allows the ‘taking of the child’ away from his or her parents to California to obtain gender transition procedures.”
The complainant claims “SB 107 also violates the Full Faith and Credit Clause to the United States Constitution,which requires California to defer to the laws and jurisdiction of the 49 other states regarding the care and custody of children.”
“SB 107 overrides the jurisdiction of courts in a family’s home state that are usually the proper forum for custody determinations by allowing California courts to take emergency jurisdiction to make custody determinations over a child struggling with gender dysphoria,” the lawsuit says. “California has decided that its courts – not those of the family’s home state – should be the final arbiters of whether parents are fit to raise their child.”
Chloe Cole, a de-transitioner turned activist, is in favor of the lawsuit. She is uniquely qualified to speak on the subject as she was harmed by policies that allowed children to make such life-altering decisions.
Mariah Gondeiro, legal counsel for Advocates for Faith and Freedom, called the bill dangerous. She emphasized that parents, not the government, should make decisions regarding their children especially when it relates to life-altering drugs and surgeries.