Republican senator warns parents to ‘flee’ California over radical new transgender bill

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by Ashley Sadler, LifeSite News:

‘If you love your children, you need to flee California,’ said state Sen. Scott Wilk after Democrats advanced a bill that could brand parents as ‘abusive’ for not ‘affirming’ a child’s ‘gender identity.’

SACRAMENTO, California (LifeSiteNews) — A Republican state senator on Tuesday issued a stark warning to California parents, urging them to “flee” the state if they love their children as a radical bill advances that could result in parents being considered “abusive” if they refuse to affirm their own child’s gender confusion.

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California’s Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-2 on Tuesday night (with one abstention) to pass Assembly Bill 957, which would characterize a “parent’s affirmation of the child’s gender identity as part of the health, safety, and welfare of the child.”

The measure would alter Section 3011 of the California Family Code to require judges to consider whether or not parents “affirm” a child’s “transgender” identity as one of the factors in the consideration of custody disagreements, LifeSiteNews previously reported. 

The Washington Free Beacon noted that the vaguely worded new amendment has sparked worries that “non-affirmation” will be regarded in the Golden State “as abuse.”

RELATED: California bill could frame ‘non-affirming’ parents of ‘trans’-identifying kids as abusive, critics say

“In the past, when we’ve had these discussions, and I’ve seen parental rights atrophy, I’ve encouraged people to keep fighting,” California state Sen. Scott Wilk said during the Tuesday night Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

“I’ve changed my mind on that — if you love your children, you need to flee California,” he said. “You need to flee.”

Wilk said the bill’s language could be used by the state to remove children from their homes if their parents don’t “support the ideology of the government.”

“It just breaks my heart. I [was] born and raised in California, I love this state,” he said. “I’m not gonna stay in this state because it’s just too oppressive.”

“I believe in freedom,” Wilk said, quipping that he’ll “move to America when I leave the legislature.”

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