Washington enacts 'state-sanctioned kidnapping' law to allow minors to access sex changes, abortions without parental consent

“We’re saying that the state of Washington, under this underlying policy, can take this child and not contact the parents with no signs of abuse, with no pending case of abuse, and the foster system not involved."

Ari Hoffman Seattle WA
Despite massive pushback, protests, and letter-writing campaigns, Washington Democratic Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the controversial Senate Bill 5599 on Tuesday which critics say encourages minors to run away from home to receive "gender-affirming" care and "maternity services" without parental consent and at taxpayer expense. In plain English, that's sex changes and abortion.

Critics also claim the legislation signed Tuesday removes parents from the health and mental health care decision-making process. Unlike other legislation recently signed in large public events by Inslee, SB 5599 was signed in a small closed event in a conference room at the state Capitol.

Introduced by far-left Democratic State Sen. Marko Liias, the bill will allow shelters or host homes to provide housing for runaway minors without being required to notify their parents if they have a "compelling reason" to keep the information a secret.

According to the legislation, a "compelling reason" means "the youth is in the host home or seeking placement in a host home to receive protected health care services." SB 5599 allows shelters to contact the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) instead of the parents should the child be seeking an experimental sex change or reproductive services.

The bill does not require proof of abuse in the household nor even an allegation of abuse. As a result, merely seeking "protected health care services" is enough of a reason to keep the runaway’s location hidden from parents and clears the way for children between the ages of 13 and 18 to stay at these facilities without their parents’ knowledge for an indefinite time while seeking services related to gender dysphoria and gender transitioning.

Republican legislators voted unanimously against the bill.

In 2019, Democrats passed similar legislation allowing minors to receive gender-affirming care without parental consent but the minors were still subject to parental oversight.

Senate Republican Leader John Braun, in a statement when the bill first passed, “Children between the ages of 13 and 18 can already access these same health and mental health services under Washington law, without their parents’ permission. The only thing SB 5599 would do is cause harm by driving a wedge between vulnerable kids and their parents, at a time when a teen lacks the perception and judgment to make critical life-altering decisions.”

Braun also said, "A parent may not even know why the child ran away and could involve law enforcement or other groups in a desperate search – all the while going through an unnecessary emotional nightmare, imagining the worst about what might have happened. It’s also wrong how this bill would also apply to children from other states who may travel thousands of miles for services not available to them at home. Unless there is reason to suspect parental abuse or harm, parents deserve to know where their teenagers are."

Braun added, when “SB 5599 received a hearing before the Senate Human Services Committee on Feb. 6, more than 4,700 people signed in with an opinion on the bill – and 98 percent were opposed, including parents from the LGBTQ community.”

“Democrats have claimed many times that the brains of minors are not fully developed until age 22. Right now, they are sponsoring a juvenile offender sentencing bill [Senate Bill 5475] based on ‘the expansive body of scientific research on brain development, which shows that adolescents’ perception, judgment, and decision-making skills differ significantly from that of adults. "It’s revealing how brain research matters to them when juveniles break the law, but not when they seek life-altering, potentially irreversible health care,” Braun concluded.

Liias said in a statement, “We know that young people experiencing homelessness are exposed to dangerous and harmful outcomes. That is why we must take every step we can to ensure their safety. This legislation ensures that our trans youth have safe options and access to secure, stable shelter when they may not be welcome at home.”

Republican Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber said during the debate in the Legislature, “We’re saying that the state of Washington, under this underlying policy, can take this child and not contact the parents with no signs of abuse, with no pending case of abuse, and the foster system not involved, I’m a little confused Mr. Speaker.”

Republican Rep Jim Walsh said in a statement, “Among its many flaws, the bill assumes families that don’t ‘affirm’ a child’s short-term desires are being abusive. Wrong! Sometimes love requires parents to not affirm their child’s whims. Loving parents guide their children as they grow. Sometimes that means saying ‘no.’ During floor debate, we heard the tired old cliche that ‘it takes a village to raise a child.’ That’s false. That notion has resulted in exploding crime rates, homelessness, and rising teen suicide rates in Washington. Enough. Parents are the primary stakeholders in their children’s upbringing―not the government.”

Democrats passed the legislation despite over 4,700 people, 98 percent in opposition, testifying on the bill.

One former transgender youth testified against SB 5599, sharing her experience as a sexual-assault survivor and her concern about the effects of the bill on vulnerable children saying, "In the short term, I might have felt better having medically transitioned. Despite feeling better in the short term, the medical transition would have profoundly damaged me, potentially even more than the sexual assault [that caused her gender dysphoria]."

While testifying against AB 665, Erin Friday, co-founder of the parent group Our Duty, called the bill “state-sanctioned kidnapping.”

Efforts to repeal the legislation have already begun, with some representatives planning to turn this into a referendum for the November election. The new law is set to begin at the end of July unless enough valid signatures - approximately 162,000- are gathered to put it on hold until a statewide vote.

Join and support independent free thinkers!

We’re independent and can’t be cancelled. The establishment media is increasingly dedicated to divisive cancel culture, corporate wokeism, and political correctness, all while covering up corruption from the corridors of power. The need for fact-based journalism and thoughtful analysis has never been greater. When you support The Post Millennial, you support freedom of the press at a time when it's under direct attack. Join the ranks of independent, free thinkers by supporting us today for as little as $1.

Support The Post Millennial

Remind me next month

To find out what personal data we collect and how we use it, please visit our Privacy Policy

By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
© 2024 The Post Millennial, Privacy Policy | Do Not Sell My Personal Information