By Ophelia Garrett
California Senate Bill (SB) 107 has moved on to Governor Newsom’s desk, with all 19 Republican assembly members voting against it and 60 Democrats supporting it. State Senator Scott Weiner introduced the bill asserting it would “provide refuge for trans kids and their families.”
This bill comes as a response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R-TX) currently-blocked February order to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to investigate certain sex change procedures on children. The Texas governor directed DFPS to find out if these procedures fall under child abuse, according to Breitbart.
California Senator Scott Weiner tweeted, “SB 107 sends a crystal clear message to the nation that no matter what vile anti-LGBTQ hate laws right-wing politicians think of, California will stand with our community.”
The California bill has advanced despite outcry from a 17-year-old girl named Chloe Cole. The teen underwent sex-change procedures, including a double mastectomy, but now regrets her decision. She testified before the assembly in June, as late Breitbart News reporter Penny Starr wrote: “At 15, Cole asked to have her breasts removed. She attended a class with other teen girls who said they wanted to be boys.”
Chloe Cole stated “None of us were going to be men. We were fleeing from the uncomfortable feeling of becoming women. I was unknowingly physically cutting off my true self from my body irreversibly and painfully. … Our trans identities were not questioned.”
“California should not be complicit in the sterilization and permanent disfigurement of America’s children.” —Jonathan Keller, president of California Family Council