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On September 14, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 2119, guaranteeing that gender-dysphoric youth in the state’s foster care system can have sex-change treatment paid for by Medi-Cal, the state-sponsored health insurance system.
The controversial bill guarantees “the right of minors and non-minors in foster care to…gender-affirming health care and gender-affirming mental health care.” Todd Gloria, the Democratic Assembly Member who introduced the bill in February, said it “affirms the right of foster youth to be able to access health services reflective of their gender identity—meaning these children can grow up safe, healthy, and be exactly who they are meant to be.” Gloria, who is openly gay, had support from many LGBT advocacy groups.
Opponents - Bill - California - Family - Council
Opponents to the bill included the California Family Council, the American College of Pediatricians, and the National Task Force for Therapy Equality. Critics said the law overrides the authority of biological parents, mandating that county welfare agencies provide transgender counseling, drugs, and surgery to foster children struggling with their gender identity. The law also prohibits counseling from any professionals who might try to align “a child’s or non-minor dependent’s assigned sex at birth and gender identity.”
Physicians who opposed AB 2119 emphasized that puberty-blocking drugs aren’t FDA-approved and haven’t been rigorously tested, so their long-term effects aren’t known. In testimony before the California Senate, endocrinologist Michael Laidlaw said the hormones stunt children’s sex organs, leaving them unable to reproduce. “Stopping puberty early leads to complete sterility, complete infertility, and…sexual dysfunction,” he said.
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