Trans children from other US states will be protected in California
(MENAFN) According to new legislation that Governor Gavin Newsom signed on Thursday, California is now going to accept transgender adolescents and their families from other United States jurisdictions where local authorities have restricted access to gender-affirming therapy.
In a statement immediately after signing the measure, the official stated, “we believe that no one should be prosecuted or persecuted for getting the care they need — including gender-affirming care.”
In accordance with other states' laws that forbid providing gender-affirming care to minors, the measure prohibits California healthcare professionals from releasing medical information about patients in respect to those laws. Additionally, the new law makes it illegal to enforce a court order “based on another state’s law authorizing a child to be removed from their parent or guardian based on that parent or guardian allowing their child to receive gender-affirming health care or gender-affirming mental health care.”
A court in California is now also permitted to exercise temporary emergency jurisdiction when a child has not been able to access gender-affirming medical care, which typically includes procedures like hormone therapy that delays puberty for those who want to change their sex but also includes counseling. Social media users have already speculated that this basically implies California courts would be allowed to seize custody of trans children if they escape their native states.
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