Group issues Travel Advisory Warning to parents about states with trans refuge bill
An advocacy and think tank organization issued a travel advisory to California and Minnesota after lawmakers passed legislation to override out-of-state parental rights.
The American Principles Project (APP) is warning parents across the United States of the possibility of their parental rights being stripped away as recent legislation in California and Minnesota move to give state family courts the power to take temporary emergency jurisdiction over a minor coming into the state to access sex-change drugs or surgical procedures, regardless of if the minor is traveling from another state.
"Parents will do anything to protect our children. To lose your child and be powerless to prevent harm from coming to them would be any parent's worst nightmare. Yet today, families traveling to California or Minnesota could be at risk for that awful scenario actually playing out - losing custody of their kids to an industry that aims to sterilize and mutilate their bodies," APP President Terry Schilling said in a statement. "It is frightening, and enraging, to think such anti-family policies have taken hold here in the United States."
"While we have seen great strides throughout the country by lawmakers fighting back against this agenda, we must still be realistic about where things stand. Right now, parents traveling to both these states with their children run a very real risk of having their families ripped apart," Schilling added.
In September, California lawmakers passed Senate Bill 107 that established the state as a refuge for transgender children and their families. The bill was introduced earlier this year by state Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat.
"California must stand with LGBTQ kids and their families, especially when they're under attack across the country," Wiener said in a statement. "Parents should never be separated from their kids or criminalized for simply allowing them to be who they are."