(TheConservativeNews.org) – About half of European Union member countries ban cross-sex surgeries for minors, and Finland, Sweden and the U.K. have taken decisive steps back from childhood gender transitions amid growing concern about the procedures’ safety and effectiveness.
Child gender transitions, including medications and surgeries, are legal throughout most of the U.S. and have strong support from President Joe Biden and other political leaders; efforts to restrict the treatments for minors have been met with fierce backlash from politicians and the medical establishment.
California is now a “sanctuary state” for children seeking transgender procedures and medications.
The bill was passed in September but went into effect on January 1.
California will now “offer refuge” to minors and their families “if they’re being criminalized in their home states” over transgender treatments.
Many of these treatments irreversibly sterilize and/or disfigure the patient.
The law says that any potential out-of-state arrest warrant for violating laws related to transgender treatments on children and teens will be given “the lowest law enforcement priority.”
“We are going to provide them with refuge and we’re not going to send them back and we’re not going to honor subpoenas,” said Senator Scott Wiener, who authored the bill. “And our law enforcement is not going to enforce the laws of Texas and Alabama criminalizing these families.”
Governor Gavin Newsom boasted about the law claiming that he was taking a stand for “parental choice.”
“In California we believe in equality and acceptance. We believe that no one should be prosecuted or persecuted for getting the care they need — including gender-affirming care,” Newsom said in a statement when he signed the bill into law. “Parents know what’s best for their kids, and they should be able to make decisions around the health of their children without fear. We must take a stand for parental choice.”
While the childhood gender medicine industry continues apace in the U.S., several countries in Europe are taking steps to limit children’s access to these irreversible procedures.
Sweden’s National Board of Health updated its guidance on children with gender dysphoria on Dec. 16 and called for strong caution regarding medical interventions, particularly mastectomies, pointing to a lack of research on the procedures.
France’s Academy of Medicine urged “great medical caution” in administering cross-sex treatments to minors in February, pointing to the rapid increase in transgender identification among adolescents, the psychological vulnerability of these patients and the harmful consequences of the medical interventions.
Finland broke with the affirmation model even earlier: in 2020 the country announced that psychotherapy, rather than biomedical interventions such as puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones, should be the first line of response to children with gender dysphoria.
In the European Union, 13 countries allow minors to request sex reassignment surgeries, two allow it at 16 and older and 13 do not allow it for minors.