Kauffman: With Article 22 passed, Baruth and others back minors’ transgender rights

by Carol Kaufmann

Montpelier’s new Senator Pro Tempore Phil Baruth has now segued from minor abortion rights to “trans youth who are trying to figure out their identities” rights in early December as can be heard on the  Morning Drive radio interview.

It is not surprising that Senator Baruth, and other proponents of the passage of Article 22, refused to engage in this conversation prior to the November 8th vote leaving parents unaware of the ramifications for their children.

Senator Baruth was emphatic when asked about family involvement, “If they’re a minor, they’re gonna need their family involved. So, this discussion we’ve had with abortion for years. The place where it gets sticky is where someone’s family is hostile to, in one case the idea of aborting a child. The other case, affirming gender identity and that’s where this discussion generates.”  

Government should have no authority to deem parents hostile and strip them of their rights and responsibilities regarding their children’s reproductive experiences outside of a court.  Children and their families are being permanently harmed by the current gender ideology activism.

On October 20, 2022, the NHS of England published, “Public consultation.  Interim service specification for specialist gender dysphoria services for children and young people.”  This study came after “The Tavistock gender clinic is facing mass legal action from youngsters who claim they were rushed into taking life-altering puberty blockers.  Lawyers expect about 1,000 families to join a medical negligence lawsuit alleging vulnerable children have been misdiagnosed and placed on a damaging medical pathway.”

The NHS of England’s findings did not include “hostile parents”.

“It was established in response to a complex and diverse range of issues including: 

1. A significant and sharp rise in referrals In 2021/22 there were over 5,000 referrals into the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) run by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. This compares to just under 250 referrals in 2011/12. 

2. Marked changes in the types of patients being referred which are not well understood There has been a dramatic change in the case mix of referrals from predominantly birth-registered males to predominantly birth-registered females presenting with gender incongruence in early teen years. Additionally, a significant number of children are also presenting with neurodiversity and other mental health needs and risky behaviors which require careful consideration and need to be better understood. 

3. Scarce and inconclusive evidence to support clinical decision-making. This has led to a lack of clinical consensus on what the best model of care for children and young people experiencing gender incongruence and dysphoria should be; and a lack of evidence to support families in making informed decisions about interventions that may have life-long consequences.”

In America, Chloe Cole is planning to sue Kaiser one of the nation’s largest medical groups. Chloe alleges that Kaiser Permanente coerced her into transgender medical treatment, describing her experience as grossly negligent and resulting in permanent mutilation and damage to her body, “I made an adult decision as a child.”

Laws that kick parents out of the village regarding their child’s reproductive experiences and choices will have negative consequences, guaranteed. 

The author is an Addison resident and president of the Vermont Family Alliance

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12 replies »

  1. I have to wonder how much of this transgender political ideology is related to depopulation, as children who transition or are giving hormone blockers may never be able to have children. My own daughter just came home from college and is already indoctrinated into believing the world is overpopulated. Although, there are many data points and scientists that counter this claim. I came to this understanding when I referenced adult sudden death syndrome and child death syndrome, which is occuring globally,band that this could be tied to an experimental gene based therapy, with no long term clinical test trials. She responded by saying that these deaths are okay because the world is overpopulated. I challenged her and she dismissed me. I then asked her who gets to decide who leaves and who stays in this world.

  2. where are the flood of lawsuits that were supposed to happen to stop this? I was reassured by VT Right to Life that this would never see the light of day, that it would be entangled in so much legal mumbo jumbo. so much for that hope.

  3. So we need family involvement unless they disagree with the minor’s want…what a load of manure.

  4. So a parent that disagrees with the vast wisdom and knowledge of the school system is now “hostile”. Just like anyone who disagrees with the Leftist narrative is engaging in hate speech.

  5. “Laws that kick parents out of the village regarding their child’s reproductive experiences and choices will have negative consequences, guaranteed.” Amen

  6. Of course as this is Vermont we will have far too many parents who are thrilled that their offspring is a “they” or wants to “change “ their gender. What protection do the children of these parents have?

  7. It is time to call it out for what it is – the State has the right to abuse and mutilate a child. The State has the right to collude, coerce, and conspire to take an innocent child and do with them whatever their perverted, evil ways desire. Crimes against humanity. God knows and sees exactly what is going on here and don’t think for a moment He will allow it to continue. The wrath is coming and the window to repent is closed for the wicked ones hurting children. Above all, leaders of churches will face the harshest of all punishment for not standing up and protecting innocent children. Let it be so!

  8. What’s the deal with the Vermont Family Alliance, the site referenced at the end of the article?

    • Vermont Family alliance is currently focused on codifying 15V.S.A.670 and 15V.S.A.664 parental rights and responsibilities into Education, Health and Welfare, Human Services policies and law. We are also focused on anti-family law and bills. If you’d like to join our email community please let us know at We do not fundraise. You can also find us on facebook.