Associated Press Claims New Law “Protects” Minors “From Parents”

The lapdog media has a new talking point; we should expect to hear it more often.

“Children need protection FROM their parents!”

The Associated Press published a similar headline on Wednesday: “Trans Minors Protected From Parents Under Washington Law.”

At first sight, that could be misread as a typo. 

It wasn’t.

On Tuesday, May 9, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law protecting “runaway” minors seeking gender-affirming care in Washington from the interference of parents.

This new law is part of a more significant trend this year in Democratic-led states that seeks to provide a haven for transgender people in the face of a conservative movement that has seen politicians in other jurisdictions challenge transgender rights and limit or ban gender-affirming care for youngsters.

When a minor entered the care of a licensed shelter or host family in Washington, they were required to contact the child’s parents within 72 hours. The new rule allows facilities to notify the state’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families instead, which may subsequently make an effort to reunite the family if it is in the best interests of everybody involved. Without the consent of their parents, youth will also be able to remain in host houses, which are private residences staffed by volunteers.

Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law that would make it easier for transgender minors to receive gender-affirming and reproductive care.

Republican-led states are taking action to restrict transgender children from life-altering procedures, which for those under 18 usually require hormone therapy or puberty blockers. 

Opponents of gender-affirming therapy typically focus on irreversible operations like genital surgery or mastectomies and point to concerns about the therapies’ long-term impact on adolescents.

Republican politicians in Washington have spent weeks criticizing the new law that was passed on Tuesday. In March, John Braun, the Republican leader in the Senate, stated that it would create “a wedge between vulnerable kids and their parents.” Some online commenters have misconstrued the bill’s language to imply that it will result in the state forcibly removing children from their homes.

However, experts and the congressman sponsoring the bill said those comments distorted the legislation to keep homeless youth housed.