Calif. Bill Would Force Puberty-Blocking Drugs on Foster Kids

‘Nothing short of state sanctioned medical experimentation on the most vulnerable children…’

Pediatric Gender Clinics Proliferate; Increasingly Push Puberty-Blocking Drugs

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(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) California is the nation’s largest state, and often the most controversial when it comes to enacting progressive policies that are far out-of-step with the rest of the country.

That reputation was bolstered on Monday, when a bill requiring puberty-blocking drugs and sex change operations for foster children advanced in the California legislature – making the proposal one-step closer to becoming law in a state of nearly 40 million people.

The bill, known as AB 2119, states that children and adults in foster care have the right to access “gender affirming health care” and “gender affirming behavioral health care.”

But according to the fine print, the legislation outlaws any attempts by parents, foster parents, counselors or social workers to persuade foster children or dependent adults in foster care against taking drastic medical measures.

The state would only allow so-called “gender dysphoria” to be treated with puberty-blocking drugs, sex change operations or counseling that affirms an individual’s chosen gender.

It would be illegal, for example, to tell a confused boy in foster care that he is boy, or that a girl is a girl.

Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the nonprofit Liberty Counsel, is among those that strongly disagree with the proposal legislation.

“California bill AB 2119 is nothing short of state sanctioned medical experimentation on the most vulnerable children,” Staver said on Monday.


“Foster children are already struggling with crises in their young lives, and engaging in what medical professionals have called child abuse only increases the trauma. These children need love and compassion, not pills and surgery,” Staver said.

Critics frequently point to medical research that defines gender dysphoria as a psychological issue – as opposed to biological – associated with high suicide rates.

A 2010 study by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, found that 41 percent of trans-gender people in the United States have attempted to commit suicide – more than 25 times the rate of the general population.