This week, I introduced the Parental Right to Protect Act, legislation that safeguards parental rights by ensuring Child Protective Services (CPS) does not penalize parents for protecting their children from gender-transition interventions. Determining your child is not going to receive gender transition interventions is not abuse or neglect—it is a parent rightfully making a decision for his or her child. No system should remove a child, or investigate a family for abuse, based on this decision. Parents across the country seeking to protect their children from the harms of gender ideology are losing custody of their children.
In Ohio, a judge removed a 17-year-old biological girl from her parents’ custody after they refused a testosterone treatment recommended by the Cincinnati Children’s gender clinic to address her diagnosed gender dysphoria.
In California, Abigail Martinez lost custody of her daughter and a court permitted only one hour of visitation each week because Ms. Martinez did not want her daughter to receive gender-transition interventions. Tragically, her daughter took her own life after changing her name and starting on cross-sex hormones.
In Illinois, Jeannette Cooper lost a custody battle with her ex-husband over their 12-year-old daughter’s decision to receive gender-transition interventions.
While the Biden administration continues to tout so-called “gender-affirming care,” other countries (including the United Kingdom and Sweden) recently suspended their use of this experimental approach on children, recognizing its inherent risks. Simply put, parents have the right and responsibility to keep their children safe. This includes making decisions about life-altering medical treatments and interventions.
To learn more about the Parental Right to Protect Act, click here.
Recognizing Appalachian State
For the sixth consecutive year, Appalachian State has led the entire nation for the number of alumni who have become National Board Certified Teachers. This accolade not only speaks to the caliber of Appalachian State’s alumni, but also to the university’s commitment for producing talented individuals who will go on to make a profound impact upon our society. Indeed, this is a monumental feat. The rest of the country should take heed of the progress that’s occurring on the campus of this fine university.
To watch my full speech on Appalachian State’s continued progress, click here.
New Scam Alert
As we move closer to Christmas, scammers and criminals are targeting both teens and college students who are seeking employment opportunities. Whether it’s through fake websites, false advertisements, or on social media, these bad actors are intent on luring younger individuals into illegal activities. Every parent should be on their guard and remain diligent in assessing employment opportunities that may be presented to their children through any medium. To learn more about how to identify these scams, and ways to protect your families, click here
Quote of The Week
“We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child.” -- Ronald Reagan
Have a blessed weekend,