California Bill AB957 is thankfully still being deliberated in the legislature. It has, however, made national headlines. Most pediatricians in America should be fully aware of the bill, especially because the bill’s implications fall squarely in their lane.
“AB 957, as amended, Wilson. Family law: gender identity.”
The opening line of the bill adds ‘gender identity’ to the list of recognized child abuses.
“This bill, for purposes of this provision, would include a parent’s affirmation of the child’s gender identity as part of the health, safety, and welfare of the child.”
Under the proposed law, if the parent doesn’t agree with their child’s desire to change their gender identity, regardless of age, they are guilty of child abuse and are then subject to any number of sanctions from the state including loss of contact/visitation with the child and criminal charges. Abuse is abuse in the eyes of the law.
It gets worse. By adding gender affirmation to the list of recognized forms of child abuses, physicians are now subject to punitive sanctions/prosecution from the government.
A possible scenario: 1st grade boy is influenced by a schoolteacher who thinks they should change their identity to a girl. The ‘boy’ runs with the idea and tells his parents he wants to start medications and as soon as possible have his genitals changed to his correct gender identity. Parents refuse to take the child to his doctor to start the gender affirmation process. Said child goes to a doctor’s appointment and tells the doctor that his parents don’t want him to change his gender. This creates a nightmare binary decision for any physician with a thinking brain and a conscience. If they report the parents to the state (as the law stipulates), the parents are placed under the microscope of child protective services and can be charged with child abuse and suffer the consequences. If the physician does not turn the child in and it comes out later that the child had told the physician about the home situation regarding gender identity and the physician did not report the parents, the physician can lose their medical license and board certification and could even face criminal prosecution/jail time.
It appears that the woke originators of the bill believe that they have been patient. Their side has spent decades grooming college kids and K-12 kids in public schools to come around to their point of view. They have spent decades bashing family structure and religion. Frustrated that they have not annihilated the opposition peacefully, they are now escalating the stakes to criminal prosecution. This is the last stop before they do a ‘card check’ of Americans and all that don’t 100% believe in their woke world viewpoint are sent to detention centers.
I have reached out to the American Academy of Pediatrics multiple times this year regarding gender identity and now specifically AB957. They have refused to comment.
Doctors can support gender affirmation care without supporting obedience using police and the law.
Parents – ask you child’s doctor is they are aware of California Bill AB957. If they are aware, I advise you to ask a simple binary yes/no question. If they support the bill, you need to fire them as your child’s doctor.
John Hughes, MD
Veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan
Member of STARRS.US
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