Minors Protected from Parents Under Washington Law,” the Associated
Press headlined its story. A short time later the story had officially
been “withdrawn” by the AP. Withdrawing the story however didn’t change the facts.
Senate Bill 5599, titled, “Supporting youth and young adults seeking
protected health care services”, allows shelters where a child runaway
shows up not to notify his or her parents. While normally, unless a
child were suffering “abuse or neglect”, the shelter would be obligated
to inform the parents between 24 and 72 hours after arrival. The new law
adds minors getting abortions and transgender treatments as “compelling
reasons” not to notify their parents.
Once a child is listed as transgender, the parents are automatically treated as abusers.
Instead of contacting a child’s parents, the system will contact Washington’s child services department essentially claiming automatic state custody of any children classified as transgender. This measure follows on the heels of school policies where children are encouraged to imagine they’re another gender without telling their parents and shelter systems in the state that have refused to disclose information about minors to their families.
Laws like this not only violate family bonds for political reasons on the level of some of the worst totalitarian regimes in the world, they’re a bonanza to actual abusers who use social media to lure teenagers into running away. Senate Bill 5599 makes Washington a magnet for teenage runaways and sexual predators. That’s not surprising in a state where Seattle Mayor Ed Murray only resigned after being accused of sexually abusing five teenage boys.
Equal Rights Washington, one of the pressure groups behind the transgender child kidnapping bill, had been one of Murray’s biggest backers. After five men came forward to accuse the gay rights advocate of sexually assaulting them, Monisha Harrell, ERW’s chairwoman and a niece of the current Seattle mayor, expressed “sadness for the loss of a leader who has put himself on the front line of many of these causes that have been so important to us.”
There was no mention of any sadness for the young men her ally had assaulted, including Delvonn Heckard, a black man who had become addicted to drugs as a teenager when Murray was exploiting him, who was found dead a year after Murray’s resignation.
Even with five accusers, the ERW’s Monisha suggested that Muiray could win a write-in election because, “there might be people who will support him because they feel he was wronged, and that it will feel like righting a wrong.”
Equal Rights Washington and its transgender child kidnapping bill are not concerned with protecting children, just enabling their abusers, the way they did with Ed Murray.
The correct name for Senate Bill 5599 ought to be the Ed Murray Child Abduction Bill because that is the primary function that it serves. Washington State was not only the stalking ground for Ed Murray, it’s been the epicenter of some of the most aggressive child kidnapping measures.
Children can begin receiving “gender-affirming care” and admit themselves without parental consent in Washington beginning at the age of 13. Health insurance companies are not allowed to tell their parents about any medical procedures involving “gender affirming care”.
The same “shelter” program being empowered by the Ed Murray Child Abduction Bill already allows thirteen-year olds with stable loving families to check themselves into shelters.
And those parents who try to fight the mutilation of their children face serious consequences.
One parent, told that if he did not consent to transgender child mutilation would lose custody of his son to the state, took him and fled Washington. And he was far from the only one.
Through this bill and a previous one from last year, Washington’s social services system is effectively able to take custody and make medical decisions on behalf of a minor without parental consent. The system is able to bypass even the facade of custody hearings and accusations of abuse aimed at the parents for children that attract the political predators.
Gov. Inslee and Democrats have claimed that this is about dealing with a homeless crisis, but Washington Senate Bill 5599 specifically classifies Democrat policy priorities, abortion and transgender sexual mutilation, as the “protected health care services” they’re exempting.
Washington’s transgender child kidnapping bill follows in the footsteps of California’s Senate Bill 107. SB 107 was promoted by State Senator Scott Weiner, who had previously made national headlines for empowering judges to keep those guilty of “illegal sexual relations between a teenager age 15 and over and a partner within 10 years of age” off the sex offender registry.
None of this sexually abusive behavior is too surprising in a state that still venerates Harvey Milk: a California Democrat who supported Jim Jones and lured teenage runaways.
As the Alliance Defending Freedom argued, “SB 107 violates parental rights protected by the U.S. Constitution by giving California courts the ability to strip parents who reside in another state of their parental rights if their child travels to California to obtain gender transition procedures—including harmful puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and irreversible surgeries. It also denies parents the right to have access to their child’s medical information.”
Despite SB 107’s unconstitutional nature, 19 other Democrat states have introduced similar “transgender sanctuary bills”. Similar to sanctuary states for illegal aliens, child grooming and mutilation advocates hope to turn blue states into areas outside federal law. Much as sanctuary states for illegal aliens have led to a sizable death toll from crime, mass shootings and drunk driving, turning blue states into magnets for child grooming and sexual mutilation will cost lives.
While some trade conspiracy theories about underground networks, Democrats, backed by major donors, are putting into place a child kidnapping network encompassing half the country.
The network operates under the guise of “protecting” children from their parents. But that is how child groomers always operate. They claim that they understand teenagers when their parents don’t. They insinuate themselves into their confidence, win their trust and then manipulate them.
But what had been the practice of a handful of deviant men is now the government policy of entire states implemented by massive social services networks, clinicians and therapists.
As the rates of teenage depression and suicides increase, the Democrats are rushing to take advantage of troubled teens, manipulating them into joining its political cults and servicing its top political figures. Now that the politicians and bureaucrats are promising to protect children from their parents, who will protect the children, parents and families from the Democrats?
Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine. Click here to subscribe to my articles. And click here to support my work with a donation. Thank you for reading.