California Democrats have recently put forth legislation that proposes granting therapists the authority to supersede parental rights for children as young as 12. Many have legitimate concerns about the new bill because it shares a co-author, state senator Scott Wiener, with another bill that sought to restrict custody for parents who do not support their child’s self-identified gender. Although the new bill does not explicitly refer to “gender identity,” Wiener’s involvement raises apprehension based on his previous legislative actions.
Wiener’s past actions speak volumes. He previously advocated for a bill that compelled foster parents in California to affirm their foster children’s transgender identities. Additionally, he championed a controversial bill suggesting that parents’ rejection of their child’s transgender identity could result in the loss of custody. As if that wasn’t enough, he authored a law that granted temporary jurisdiction to California courts over minors seeking hormonal or transition treatments from outside the state.
Many parents vehemently criticize it as an “emancipation of 12-year-olds” and a “dangerous” overreach. Concerns loom large that this legislation could be exploited by troubled children seeking to escape their homes. Regrettably, these genuine apprehensions have been hastily and irresponsibly dismissed by Democratic lawmakers as false information.
In this audacious new realm envisioned by the bill, therapists, including interns or trainees, would not even be required to justify the gravity of a child’s situation before relocating them to a “residential shelter.” No regard for the child’s maturity or the ramifications of separating them from their family seems to be necessary. Parents may even find themselves completely unaware of such drastic disruptions in their children’s lives.