The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel and Vice President of Advocacy Strategy Emilie Kao regarding California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signing Thursday of SB 107, which gives California courts the ability to strip parents in other states of their parental rights if their child travels to or is taken to California to obtain life-altering hormones and irreversible surgeries. The law ignores the established authority of the other 49 states and increases the risk of irreparable harm to America’s children:
“Parents have the fundamental right to direct the upbringing and care of their children, which includes making the best decisions regarding their child’s mental, emotional, and physical health. California’s dangerous and extreme new law is the latest in an onslaught of attacks against parental rights and a demonstration of just how far some governments are willing to go to replace parents as the ultimate decisionmakers of what’s best for children. In an astonishing disregard for the Constitution and the laws of other states, California will now be able to take away custody of children from their own parents—no matter what state they’re from—and deny families the right to access their child’s medical information. ADF and the Promise to America’s Parents Coalition, which represents millions of parents across the country, will continue to fight for the ability of parents to raise their children in accordance with their beliefs and values and the best evidence from science and medicine.”
- Pronunciation guide: Kao (GOW’)
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