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Vermont AG wants KY, Tennessee to shelve trans laws

by Kenneth Schrupp, for The Center Square

California Attorney General Rob Bonta, left, speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday, May 1, 2023.
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(The Center Square) – California attorney general Rob Bonta is leading a coalition of 20 states opposing what they describe as “anti-transgender” laws in Tennessee and Kentucky blocking children from undergoing medical procedures that are given to enable that minors to live with a gender identity different than that noted on their birth certificate, such as puberty blocking hormones and gender change surgeries. 

In their amicus brief supporting the plaintiffs in L.W. v Skrmetti, a case combining lawsuits against Tennessee’s SB 1 and Kentucky’s SB 150, the coalition wrote, the laws preventing hormone access to minors “single out transgender minors for discriminatory treatment.” 

“Gender-affirming care is safe, medically accepted, and empowers transgender people to lead healthier, happier lives,” said Attorney General Bonta. “Blocking access to gender-affirming care only serves to marginalize already vulnerable people and put their lives at risk. Kentucky and Tennessee’s laws are part of a growing assault on LGBTQ+ rights nationwide, driven by ignorance, bigotry, and partisan politics.” 

While a federal district judge issued a preliminary injunction against SB 1 due to potential violation of the Constitution’s Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses, the injunction maintained SB 1’s ban on gender surgeries for minors. Just a week later, a panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the preliminary injunction, noting the exceptions for continuing care of pre-existing minor patients and those with congenital defects, precocious puberty, disease, or physical injury. The case, combined with a similar case challenging a similar law in Kentucky, now faces the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

The Bonta-led coalition, which includes Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington argues restricting transgender people’s access to gender-changing medical procedures significantly harms transgender teenagers. In support of this, they cite a 2020 study finding teenagers seeking “gender-affirming treatment at later stages of puberty are five times more likely to be diagnosed with depression and four times more likely to have anxiety disorders than adolescents who seek treatment in early puberty.”

Meanwhile, lawyers supporting the ban echo the Tennessee Senate’s official findings that some treatments for gender dysphoria “can lead to the minor becoming irreversibly sterile, having increased risk of disease and illness, or suffering adverse and sometimes fatal psychological consequences,” continue to cite lack of scientific evidence supporting the efficacy and safety of gender-changing medical procedures, and growing evidence of potential harm for children in their defense.

At home, in California, Bonta is investigating a local school district for civil rights violations because the district requires that parents be told if their child is involved in violence, talks about suicide, or asks to be called by a different name or use different gender-segregated facilities or programs than what is on their birth certificate. 

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  1. WOW! The Vermont Attorney General is much more depraved and twisted than many originally thought.

    What would have been called child abuse by anyone in the past, needing to be reported for the basic protection of minors, is now being pushed by the highest (supposed) law enforcement officers elected in 19 US States.

    What a deep, dark, black, hole of immorality and depravity we have descended into. May GOD help and protect the children.

  2. Should anybody in Vermont be surprised that Charity Clark would side with the dangerous fruitcakes that have ruined California ?

  3. The key is in the concept of simply labeling these children and then maintaining that the categorization is rigid, absolute.

  4. Question: If I’m a mandated reporter for children in Vermont, where do I report the Vermont Attorney General’s promotion and advocacy for child abuse?

    • 33 V.S.A. § 4912 is the governing Vermont Law, I suspect the Vermont Dept. of Health and DCF will have difficulty responding to your report-

      How To Make A Report

      Call 1-800-649-5285 — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
      Gather as much information as possible before you call.
      A social worker will:
      Question you about the situation.
      Record the information you provide.
      Ask you to submit a written report.
      Ask you to gather more information if it’s needed.
      How To Submit A Written Report

      Download Form FS-305 to your computer.
      Complete it electronically or by hand.
      Fax it to (802) 241-3301.

  5. Doesn’t our Att. General have enough going on in our own state to keep her busy without sticking her nose in someone else’s? This is the way Progressive Democrats work, like maggots sticking together and obliterating anything that stand in their way. Look what they have done here and across the country. How much more do we have to watch and endure from these idiots before we stand up and take a stand against it, instead of acting like sheep and just accept it?

    • The first duty of an elected progressive politician is to enact the party agenda. Nothing else can rise above that, even common sense!

  6. When you must be at least 18 years of age to use a tanning bed in Vermont… “Any tanning facility or operator that allows a person under 18 years of age to use any tanning equipment shall be subject to a civil penalty of not more than $100.00 for the first offense and not more than $500.00 for any subsequent offense.”

  7. Looks like the uber liberal state of Vermont is all in for child abuse. Go figure

  8. If someone wishes to chop themselves up with surgery, place themselves on lifelong dangerous hormones and other drugs, maybe we should allow them to grow out of childhood before they make a horrible mistake that they may regret later in life. Promoting these dangerous decisions on minors is quite a step from protecting them against those who see no problem with taking advantage of children’s emotional ups and downs. Not to mention the money being made. Some of the teenagers in my age group thought it was cool to wear Beetle boots in the 60s which was easily changed as they grew. Claiming to change the sex or gender of a child cannot be easily changed or reversed and is a lifelong decision not a fad that should be promoted for minors. Why do we protect children from other circumstances that may harm them if we ignore this? Those states mentioned are protecting children and I for one agree with their laws.

    • Though I rarely agree with anything you say, I absolutely 1000% do this time out.

      Beetle boots, yeah 1963 was such a good year! but my parents forbade me to wear them or to grow my hair.

    • …as well, our progressive society puts no blame on those who make the CHOICE to engage in the use of street opioids, knowing full well that it will likely lead to a lifetime of addiction and dysfunction.. Progressives prefer the bandaid for after the fact, such as narcan and taxpayer subsidized “treatment”, versus good old fashioned prevention.

  9. …in the same way that Vermont “singles out for discriminatory treatment” 17-year olds who want a tattoo and 20-year olds who want to purchase alcohol or cannabis.
    There is no such age restriction for those who seek street opioids though.

  10. I wish she would devote her time to crime in VT rather than worrying about the genitalia of little win TN

  11. Such arrogance for Vermont to interfere in Tennessee law. And to attempt to do so by invoking magic words such as discrimination. Should Tennessee turn around and sue Vermont for discriminating against 18 year olds by not allowing them to purchase handguns? This is chaos, the real goal of progressives.

  12. The States listed are all destined for destruction through failed policies and failed leadership. The installed belligerent occupiers are likely funded by Open Societies and are WEF ghouls (aka muthah weffers). They have to hammer down on their demonic, transhuman, depopulation, one world government agenda – it is getting to zero day for them. They are relentless and danagerous. They will not go away quietly – hopefully in handcuffs, but not quietly or without ruining countless lives in their wake.

    • You are correct Melissa and don’t forget, our lib legislators just passed a law that you have to be 18 to get married.. HA, but it’s OK for Planned Parenthood to dish out their lethal drugs for the underage children that get the “medical” child abuse surgeries…talk about hypocrites. The doctors who feel this is necessary surgery are butchers and need to be held accountable, oh, but wait, they are held harmless cause the legislators also gave them free pass!