Bill would do the gender swap in child abuse

A group of Michigan state GOP officials introduced legislation that would make it first-degree child abuse if a child underwent sex reassignment surgery or took cross-sex hormones or puberty blockers.

This would apply to a person who “knowingly or intentionally consents to, receives or assists in having a sex reassignment procedure for a child,” according to the text of the law invoice. “For the purposes of this subdivision only, ‘person’ means a parent or guardian of a child, or any other person who cares for, has custody of, or has authority over a child, regardless of the length of time a child is being cared for, in the care of or under the authority of that person or a physician or other licensed healthcare professional.”

“First-degree child abuse is a criminal offense punishable by life imprisonment or years in prison,” the bill reads.

Republican state congressmen Ryan Berman, Steve Carra, Luke Meerman, Beau LaFave and Steve Marino introduced the measure.

“People abuse these children,” said Rep. Beau LaFave The hill. “The idea that we would potentially make life-changing changes to 11, 12, 13, 14, 15-year-old kids when it’s illegal for them to have sex is insane. I mean, they’re not responsible enough to smoke a cigarette until they’re 21.”

LaFave noted that he was optimistic that most state GOP members would support the bill, saying that while he thinks most state Democrats actually agree with those pushing the measure, Democratic figures are at risk risk damaging their political careers if they openly support the bill.

While Republicans have a majority in both houses of the state legislature, they don’t have enough of a lead to muster the two-thirds votes required in each house to override a governor’s veto. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would almost certainly veto the measure if it ever reached her desk. Whitmer is currently seeking re-election during the 2022 gubernatorial election. Bill would do the gender swap in child abuse

Laura Coffey

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