Way to go Idaho! We have laws in this country that a person must be at least 21 to drink alcohol. They must be at least 18 to vote or even to buy spray paint. Why would this be? Well, because as a society we have determined that a child under the age of 18 and in some cases such as those relating to drinking alcohol, 21 are not mature enough to handle these situations.
We have collectively understood that under 18, kids do NOT have the intellectual honesty, the maturity, or the emotional IQ to make life-changing decisions.
I support the passing of this bill 100%. If a young person wants to pretend to be something other than the biological gender their DNA specified them to be they can certainly do that. However, what this bill, HB675 stipulates, and was passed by a 55-13 vote is NOT to prevent children from pretending or even experimenting with their ideas of gender and or sexuality, nope, not at all. What it does do, is to prevent minor children from mutilating their body by either chemical (hormones) or surgical means that will have irreparable, life changing effects.
"The bill would make it a felony, punishable by life in prison, not only to provide the treatment in question, but to provide permission for a minor to receive it, or to permit a minor to travel out of state to receive it."
Many on the Left see this as serious government overreach and some feel that waiting until the age of consent (18) to trans a child causes more harm. Take Canadian born, Boise Democrat, Ilana Rubel for instance, "By forcing people to wait until after puberty to begin a transition in many cases the transition becomes much more difficult because gender characteristics become so much more pronounced, including things like stature. You are really messing with their lives until their dying day." No, Rubel is NOT a medical doctor, she is an attorney and currently Rubel serves as Minority Leader of the Idaho House of Representatives, but that is her personal opinion regarding trans minor children.
So basically, what Rudel is saying that it is better to surgically and/or chemically mutilate children, prior to puberty so that a biological male's growth can be stunted, his bone density compromised, his natural muscle mass weakened while pumping his system full of female hormones and perhaps even removing his male organs as a minor, especially a minor that hasn't hit that hormonal change called puberty. THIS, this right here is the definition of, "messing with their lives until their dying day." Anyone who would do this to a child, especially a prepubescent child deserves to go to prison! This is called, child abuse.
Interestingly, these monsters put more emphasis on their dogs than they do for their children. A vet for a giant breed like a Great Dane would never recommend this dog be spayed or neutered before the age of 2 simply because of the long term ramifications on the future biology of this giant breed...bone cancers, hip issues, heart issues, etc. I presume that someone who would trans their child prior to puberty would never "fix" their giant breed dog prior to puberty (maturity) for the reasons above. You might think it is preposterous for me to make that analogy, but these are the same people that pour thousands of dollars into Alyssa Milano's Animal Rescue. (Hear the music...I will remember you...) It is just a bit of the twisted illogical reasoning of the Left.
So what do we do with the exponential high suicide rate for those who "changed" their gender to fit what their mind was telling them? It is of epidemic proportions among the Trans community. And yet, those against this Idaho law, which is intent on stopping parents and quack doctors from permanently harming children, they are very vocal on stating that these conservative Republicans are bullies, homophobes, and actually want to harm children by NOT ALLOWING their immature intellect to dictate a life-changing and statistically dangerous, emotionally destroying gender "change." And no one on the the Left has any concern regarding those who regret what they did, with the help and alleged, loving support of family, friends and even urging of their doctors.
I have no problem with a mature adult, who has informed consent, who has taken a great deal of time with unbiased medical professionals in the field of gender dysphoria to then medically simulate another gender. And that is exactly what it is. No one is actually CHANGING a biological, genetic gender, they are simply SIMULATING a different gender or even attempting to create no tangible gender at all.