Last updated on February 2nd, 2024 at 08:46 am
The proposed legislation in Maine that would allow courts to temporarily overrule parents’ authority and grant gender-transition treatments to minors was quashed recently in a Judiciary Committee vote. The bill, known as L.D. 1735 or the “Act to Safeguard Gender-affirming Health Care,” had raised concerns over infringing parental rights and potentially causing irreversible harm to young individuals dealing with gender confusion.
The Christian Civic League of Maine and other conservative and Christian organizations applauded the decision of denying the passage of the bill. They had branded the legislation as the “Transgender Trafficking Bill” due to the potential vulnerability it could have exposed young people to.
CCL Maine President Carroll Conley expressed concerns that the bill neglected parental rights and failed to provide protection from potential predators or traffickers. He also cited the pullback from similar procedures by several European countries as a reason for his opposition.
Testifying against the legislation, Dr. Laura Haynes, a psychologist, and board member for the International Federation for Therapeutic and Counselling Choice echoed Conley’s concerns. She disputed the scientific validity of the gender affirmation viewpoint, stating that it fails to address psychiatric causes.
Conley called for increased public involvement in cultural and political engagement, stating that collective action can lead to defeat of such harmful proposed laws. He emphasized that public outcry led to those in favor backing down, highlighting the critical role of public involvement in better legislative policies.