California has declared itself to be a “sanctuary state” for children to undergo life-altering sex-change surgeries.
On Thursday, California’s Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill making California a “sanctuary state” for families seeking medical services related to child gender transitions.
The move seeks to welcome people from other states that restrict those procedures being performed on children.
The new law aims to protect parents and their children from legal ramifications for pursuing cross-sex medical treatments that are illegal for minors in their home states, according to the bill’s sponsor, Democrat California State Sen. Scott Wiener.
The legislation will block California courts from enforcing out-of-state court orders revoking custody for parents who allowed their children to get illegal sex changes.
“States like Texas & Alabama are seeking to tear these families apart,” Wiener wrote after Gov. Newsom signed his bill into state law.
“California won’t be party to it.
“We have your backs.”
BIG NEWS: @GavinNewsom signed into law our bill (SB 107) to offer refuge to trans kids & their families if they’re being criminalized in their home states.
States like Texas & Alabama are seeking to tear these families apart. California won’t be party to it. We have your backs. pic.twitter.com/cbQsmhatip
— Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) September 30, 2022
The law also weakens parental rights of those who aren’t supportive of sex changes for their kids.
It makes the enforcement of out-of-state arrest warrants for violations of child sex-change bans the lowest law enforcement priority.
Legislators added a severability clause at the last minute so that parts of the law can stay in effect if a court determines that other parts violate the U.S. Constitution, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“We may have limits under the U.S. Constitution, but we are going to go right up to the edge of what we’re able to do to protect them and say, ‘Unless we are absolutely forced to send you back, we are not going to send you back,’” Wiener told the outlet in reference to children and their families who come to the state for sex change procedures.
“Senate Bill 107 is an extreme over-reaction to modest efforts by other states to prevent harm to minors,” the Protect Child Health Coalition wrote in its argument opposing the legislation.
“[The bill] would create a series of unprecedented and dangerous exceptions to California law and customary practice regarding cooperation with other states’ legal proceedings.”
Several more conservative states have taken steps recently to restrict child gender transitions, including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries.
The surgeries, referred to as “gender-affirming care” by Democrats and other advocates, involve removing or permanently altering a child’s genitals to mimic their so-called “gender identity.”
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is making an administration-wide push to ban child sex-change procedures.
Texas is also treating the procedures as a form of child abuse under existing state laws and Alabama banned them for minors outright.