NH residents and parents sound the alarm as neighboring state considers ‘trans tourism’ bill for children

Residents and parents in New Hampshire are ringing alarm bells over Maine considering a “trans tourism” bill that would allow children to undergo sex-change surgeries without their parent’s knowledge, much less their consent.

According to Fox News, critics contend that the bill promotes “trans tourism” that would encourage and allow children to travel from New Hampshire to Maine to get the procedures done. New Hampshire shares a border with Maine.

The bill, LD 1735, “authorizes a court to take temporary jurisdiction because a child has been unable to obtain gender-affirming health care or gender-affirming mental health care.”

Parents tore into the bill at a public hearing in June, “Your bill puts in danger children from NH by way of the absolute madness of so-called ‘gender-affirming care.’ Your contemplated legalized genital butchery of your minors is your perverted business, but disfigurement and permanent genital and psychological damage of NH children is not your province,” Daniel Richardson of Nashua, N.H., reportedly wrote, according to Fox News.

Terry Schilling, the president of the American Principles Project, asserted that parents should not have to take the risk of losing their children as a result of the “trans tourism” bill.

“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,” Schilling contended in a statement.

“It is frightening, and enraging, to think such anti-family policies have taken hold here in the United States,” he continued.

State Rep. Laurie Osher reportedly told Maine Wire that she wanted to introduce the bill to make Maine a “sanctuary for providing care.”

Osher crowed that she had introduced the bill by the LGBTQ+ Victory Fund and “instructed legislative staff to base it on a similar proposal that recently became law in California,” according to Maine Wire.

Maine isn’t alone in the “trans tourism” for children push. It is joined by California and Minnesota. According to the American Principles Project, both are considering legislation that would 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. In other words, the state would seize control of the child from the parents until after the procedure was done.

California lawmakers passed Senate Bill 107 in September that effectively establishes the state as a refuge for transgender children and their families. The bill was introduced earlier this year by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-Calif.)

“California must stand with LGBTQ kids and their families, especially when they’re under attack across the country,” Wiener proclaimed in a statement. “Parents should never be separated from their kids or criminalized for simply allowing them to be who they are.”

The Maine Psychological Association is supporting the bill as well. A representative from the Maine Center for Economic Policy claimed the bill would “promote the economic security and wellbeing of all of us,” adding that because “younger people” are more likely to identify as transgender, the bill would “likely” attract such people to Maine, according to WGME.

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