LGBTQ Community Attacks Florida Rep For Protecting Kids
We all see how gender identity politics are hurting America. There are parents who are jumping the gun and thinking their male toddler playing with makeup means he is secretly female in a male's body, or a tomboy secretly wants to be a boy. Children go through phases and are curious, that used to be understood. But now we have overzealous parents who are pushing their kids into permanent body changes when they instead should be taught better, and if they can't correct the behavior, then therapy should be the furthest parents go. Florida State Rep. Anthony Sabatini saw this and decided to act, putting forth numerous bills to protect minors. He assumed people would appreciate that he was safeguarding minors, but of course, he ended up triggering the left and was called anti-gay.
"They are not anti-gay at all. In fact, none of these bills have anything to do with gay and lesbian issues," Sabatini told TheBlaze in a phone interview on Friday.
Sabatini said he designed "The Vulnerable Child Protection Act" to keep children safe and prevent the Texas custody battle over a 7-year-old boy (whose mother claims is a transgender girl) from playing out in Florida. His bill prohibits doctors from performing "surgeries that sterilize, including castration, vasectomy, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, metoidioplasty, orchiectomy, penectomy, phalloplasty, and vaginoplasty" on minors, as well as injecting them with puberty-blockers.
Under Sabatini's law, any medical professional who performs these procedures on a minor could be charged with a felony.
At least two Florida Democratic lawmakers oppose the "Vulnerable Child Protection Act."
Democratic State Rep. Carlos G. Smith of Central Florida said Sabatini's bill and others amounted to being "kicked in the gut" by his colleagues. "I am so utterly offended and disappointed," he said on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Jon Harris Maurer, a policy director with Equality Florida, an LGBTQ activist group, described Sabatini's bill and its Senate version as "a clear attack on some of our state's most vulnerable youth." Children with gender identity issues are certainly vulnerable, but not in the way Harris suggests.
"While the actual percentages vary from study to study, overall, it appears that about 80 percent of kids with gender dysphoria end up feeling okay, in the long run, with the bodies they were born into," The Cut reported in 2016. Puberty blockers are also reported to be dangerous for children.
"It has been shown that puberty blockers interfere with the expected increase in bone density in adolescence such that the bones are not as strong as they would be had normal pubertal development been allowed," according to endocrinologist Michael Laidlaw. "These lost years of bone development cannot be regained."
Children should have the chance to grow up and become adults before permanently modifying their bodies. It is not fair to push these permanent changes on children or teens as their bodies have many changes to go through naturally. It is the parent's job to safeguard their children and many are dropping the ball. I think this Florida Rep is on the right track, as some children apparently need protection from their own parents.