Bill to allow minors to travel to Maine for controversial transgender medical procedures without parental consent tabled

Scheduled Work Session postponed after public outcry

AUGUSTA – Rep. David Haggan (R-Hampden) publically castigated fellow members of the Judiciary Committee today for postponing a scheduled Work Session on LD 1735, ‘An Act to Safeguard Gender-affirming Health Care.’ The bill “prohibits the enforcement of an order based on another state’s law authorizing a child to be removed from the child’s parent or guardian based on that parent or guardian allowing the child to receive gender-affirming health care or gender affirming mental health care.”

“This bill authorizes the kidnapping and massacring of children from other states without parental consent,” said Rep. Haggan. “We should take a compassionate stand in favor of our children’s physical and mental health today by defeating this bill without delay.” 

Another outspoken opponent of the bill, Rep. Katrina Smith (R-Palermo) had this reaction:

“I am shocked the committee doesn’t just kill this bill in light of the facts emerging about the physical consequences and deep regret of children involved in gender transitioning. The state should never place itself above a loving parent and irreparably destroy the reproduction health of a minor child in the face of another state’s court order. Republicans are deeply committed to protecting parents and their children and encourage the public to urge their legislators to stop this bill before it ruins lives.” 

LD 1735 removes the court –ordered rights of parents from other states by granting the State of Maine temporary emergency jurisdiction over the child if the child “has been unable to obtain gender affirming health care or gender affirming health care because of a parent or guardian. It allows these children to travel to Maine for transgender procedures, including breast binders, penis tucking, irreversible drugs, mastectomies, and castration.

Rep. Haggan’s motion to suspend the rules in order to “take up LD 1735 so that we can kill that horrible bill” failed 5-5 with all committee Republicans voting to take up the bill. The Work Session has been rescheduled for January 25.

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