Newsom signs bill allowing state to revoke out-of-state parents' rights over trans kids

The legislation allows California to take "temporary emergency jurisdiction" over a child that traveled to the state for transgender drugs or operations, stripping parents of their authority.

Updated: October 2, 2022 - 11:07pm

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Thursday allowing California to take "temporary emergency jurisdiction" over a child that traveled to the state for transgender drugs or operations, stripping parents of their authority over their kids.

"States across the country are passing laws to demonize the transgender community, especially transgender youth and their parents," Newsom wrote to the California State Senate upon signing the bill, adding that "82% of transgender individuals have considered killing themselves, and 40% have attempted suicide, with suicidality highest among transgender youth. This is unacceptable - we must fight for our youth and their parents."

The law has been a major source of controversy. Parental rights groups around the country raised the alarm about then-bill SB 107, arguing it violates the Constitution by wrongly claiming jurisdiction over families from other states.

The groups sent a letter to Newsom earlier this month asking him to veto the legislation.

"SB 107 blatantly violates the fundamental right of every parent in every state to direct the upbringing and care of their child," the letter said. "This legislation allows the 'taking of a child' to California (without parental knowledge or consent) to obtain gender transition procedures – including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and irreversible surgeries - and impermissibly gives California courts the power to strip custody from lawful and well-intentioned parents (regardless of where they live) who may have legitimate concerns for their child's mental and physical health."

As The Center Square previously reported, Parents also say the law "violates parental rights by denying parents access to their child's medical information related to gender identity medications and procedures in California."

"SB 107 makes California akin to the Pied Piper, enticing minor children nationwide to leave their families and run away in pursuit of harmful drugs and sterilizing surgeries, all of which cause irreversible harm to the minds, bodies, and family relationships of America's precious children," the letter said. "According to the American College of Pediatricians, 80 to 95 percent of children who experience gender confusion will ultimately embrace their biological sex if they are not encouraged to pursue gender identity treatments. Children experiencing gender confusion need the love, support, and guidance of their parents."

Newsom, though, signed the legislation, which passed along party lines and will take effect at the beginning of the year.

"With the signing of this bill, California will ensure these kids and their families can seek and obtain the medical and mental health care they need," Newsom said.