News Analysis

Brodowski: Who has custody of our children: parents, or the State?

Model Maya Henry, a biological male identifying as female, video-blogs her experience with puberty hormone blockers, at age 14. In this two part series, an Addison County writer describes legislation pushing for hormone blockers without parental consent.

Part One of a two-part news analysis by Renee Brodowski

In January 2022, ten Democrat/Progressive legislators co-sponsored H.659, a bill “to allow a minor who identifies as transgender to consent to receiving hormone blockers and other nonsurgical, gender-affirming care and treatment without requiring parental consent.” There are no age limits in this bill.

According to a deleted April 11, 2022, Facebook post, in response to a Vermont Republican Party post urging people to sign a petition against the Hormone Blocker Bill, Representative Mari Cordes, one of ten co-sponsors, thinks parents who do not support gender-affirming care for their children are causing “unbearable conditions” that lead to suicidality.

Rep. Mari Cordes, co-sponsor of H659

According to the language of H.659, a 2021 Trevor Project national survey found 42% of LGBTQ+ youth have recently seriously considered suicide. Sponsors think the State has the authority to determine that children are mature enough to consent to treatments: “ I would say that it’s fine for youth to decide that, you know, after exhausting attempts to work with their parents, that they can live as they are,” said Representative Tanya Vyhovsky, another sponsor of H.659.

Directing minors in gender-affirming care without parental consent is an approach with which practicing clinical psychologist Erica Anderson, a transgender woman who works with clients struggling with gender identity, strongly disagrees. Dr. Anderson is a member of the American Psychological Association committee that establishes guidelines for working with transgender individuals, former president of the US Professional Association for Transgender Health (USPATH), and former board member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH): “Those who say, “Just ignore the parents or work around them”—I am furious about that. They’re undermining the life of this child who desperately needs support,” she stated in a January 2022 interview.

Rep. Brian Cina, co-sponsor of H659

While sponsors of H.659 claim access to hormone blockers will reduce suicidality, Abigail Shrier, independent journalist and author of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing our Daughters, states in speech hosted by Hillsdale College, “there are no good long-term studies indicating that puberty blockers cure suicidality or even improve mental health. Nor are there studies that show puberty blockers are safe or reversible when used in this manner.

H.659 was not taken up in the Committee on Health Care – a committee on which Cordes and Representative Brian Cina, another sponsor, serve – yet the mindset is clear: many of our state legislators think they know what is best for our children and feel justified introducing and passing legislation that usurps parental authority.

The other House sponsors of H659 are: Taylor Small, Elizabeth Burrows, Selene Colburn, Katherine Donnally, Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, Barbara Rachelson, and Heather Surprenant.

Bills that allow minors to consent to vaccines  and treatments for STDs, laws that require public schools provide unsupervised access to condomsallow minors to consent to outpatient mental health treatment without parental consent or notification, and ban licensed mental health care providers from ANY type of conversion therapy for minors, and Article 22, the  proposed amendment to enshrine “personal reproductive autonomy” into our State Constitution for any individual, regardless of age, all usurp parents’ authority to guide their children in the matters of physical and mental health.

In tandem with  Vermont public schools teaching children how to have “safe sex,” experiment with their sexual attraction and identity, and removing biological gender language from sex education, This multi-pronged attack on the minds of our youth may end up blind-siding unsuspecting parents.

If a parent disagrees with state statutes regarding medical and mental health protocols for minors, would their parental custody be at risk?

What and who is driving this type of legislation, and what can parents do about it?

To be continued in Part 2 . . .

The author is an Addison County resident.

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  1. Are these gender bending proponents also introducing a bill to protect themselves from consequences when these children they are preying upon decide that they screwed up their lives so badly that they what to sue all those responsible for pushing this abomination ? Move over Frankenstein, here come the dangerously crazy Vermont lefties !

  2. 1. Ask all candidates for the Vermont legislature whether they support this legislation and then vote accordingly.
    2. This proposed legislation granting children potentially life-altering decision-making authority without parental involvement flies in the face of Vermont’s already enacted policy that recognizes that juveniles make impetuous, poor decisions and we should protect them. Vermont’s juvenile law recently in recent years; the law now requires prosecutors to charge persons up to the age of 20 (instead of up to 16 or 18) in juvenile court rather than in adult court (with some exceptions). Why? Because Vermont has determined that our youth’s brains are not yet fully developed and that they should not be saddled with adult consequences for poor decision-making in their youth. Does anyone else see the contradiction here?

  3. But it all may be resolved if Proposal 5 is passed and our Vermont Constitution amended to allow individuals of any age, any gender, to make life alerting decisions regarding “reproductive autonomy”…..VOTE NO….

  4. Abortion: The only logical grounds for abortion are for “Post-Birth Abortions” retroactive to those who vote for this kind of insanity. I support it 100% to clean up our incumbent infested bottleneck to good government.

  5. More realistically, is this a “fast track” for any human trafficking Cabals to scoop up kids off the street under the guise of, “They wanna do it”… Or, is this an LGBTQZFU-Z effort to recruit members to enhance their ranks w/o parental interference? The other question: Who sold out? “Incumbents-be-gone” is the correct answer.

  6. Folks send a message! On or before November 8th send the liberal Dem Swamp Rats 🐀 packing period!!
    Enough is Enough of this liberal garbage!! Vote Red, Red, Red vote Red period folks!!

  7. What ever happenned to ADOPTION as an option for an unexpected pregnancy,
    change of circumstances, not able to care for infant.
    How many couples unable to create a baby themselves, are there who would welcome your unexpected child into a loving and capable home??

  8. You may recall a book by Hilary Clinton, “It Takes. Village to Raise a Child.” It appears that parents in Vermont are being expelled from the village”

    • The disintegration of the family unit, and social norms in general, is textbook confirmation of predictions based on many behavioral studies on overpopulation in the 1960s. This is why I use the term ‘disintegration’ to describe the phenomenon. Not ‘destruction’. The term ‘destruction’ implies intent. Clearly, the folks advocating the decrease in parental control of their children think they’re doing ‘the right thing’. And they’ll continue to do so for that very reason. As C. S. Lewis opined, … “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive…. those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

      According to those early behavioral studies, however, there is light at the end of this tunnel. Unfortunately, the corrective circumstances of social rebalancing won’t bode well for many of us. Praemonitus praemunitus. Forewarned is forearmed.

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