#Roommates, as the conversation around the rights of transgender children continues to be the subject of great debate, a new potential bill in Texas could send parents to jail for supporting their trans children’s choice of surgery. According to recent reports, a proposed Texas Senate bill seeks to redefine child abuse to include all parents who allow their children to undergo gender transitioning or gender reassignment surgery.
@NBCNews reports, the full scope of a recent proposed bill heard by the Texas Senate earlier this week states that felony charges would be the result of parents willingly allowing their minor children to move forward with surgery involving gender transitioning or reassignment. The bill would formally redefine child abuse at the state level to include administering, supplying or consenting to provide puberty suppression drugs, hormone replacement therapy, or surgical or medical procedures to anyone under 18 “for the purpose of gender transitioning or gender reassignment.”
Additionally, parents who violate the proposed bill could face two to 10 years in prison and have their children put in foster care, according to Brian Klosterboer, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. He slammed the proposal, saying that redefining child abuse “is part of a pattern of discrimination that Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and others have tried to use trans Texans as a punching bag.”
Republican Texas Senator Charles Perry, the lead sponsor of the bill, said that he has no hard feelings towards the transgender community, but he feels obligated to protect children “who have not reached the maturity to understand what is being proposed nor the impact on them in perpetuity.” He also noted that gender transitioning and gender reassignment surgeries are “not reversible” and “life transformational and life changing.”
That’s not all Texas lawmakers are up to in regards to trans rights, as they are also strongly considering legislation that would target medical providers, a transgender sports ban and a religious exemption bill that would allow emergency room staff to refuse to treat LGBTQ+ patients.
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