The Senate Health Committee announced today AB 2218, a controversial transgender measure, was dead for the year. The bill would have funded trans-affirming treatments such as puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and mutilating surgeries and amputations, all known to permanently destroy the reproductive systems minors and adults. The Committee, chaired by Senator and pediatrician Dr. Richard Pan, revealed the news this morning when AB 2218 was not on the list of bills to be heard in their last committee hearing. The bill had already been approved by the Assembly with little debate, largely along party lines.
“The people of California spoke, and the Senate Health Committee listened,” said California Family Council president Jonathan Keller. “Children and young adults with gender dysphoria deserve true compassion. We are grateful that California lawmakers chose not to fund mutilating surgeries and sterilizing hormones that cause irreversible damage.”
The bill’s death comes after weeks of activism from the California Family Council and other like-minded pro-family organizations that targeted the nine members of the Senate Health Committee. Many of these groups hand-delivered Senate offices copies of “Irreversible Damage,” a recently published book which details a new social phenomenon of “rapid-onset gender dysphoria” emerging among teen girls.
Full story at California Family Council.