Fr. Mark Hodges – February 22, 2018
CINCINNATI, Ohio, February 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Parental rights suffered a blow in Ohio on Friday when a Juvenile Court judge stripped parents of their daughter after they refused to go along with her transition to “male.”
Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon awarded full custody to the girl’s maternal grandparents in a case that raises grave concerns about parental rights in the era of self-proclaimed “gender identity.”
“This is a major setback for advocates of parental rights and religious freedom,” the Federalist’s Nicole Russell assessed. “The judge awarded custody to the teen’s grandparents who were, in the court’s eyes, more accepting of the teen’s wishes” to receive sex change drugs.
“We think the grandparents are the ones who have an open mind” regarding sex change chemicals, the court-appointed guardian testified, while “the parents have clearly indicated that they’re not open to it.”
Leah MarieAnn Klett – February 21, 2018
Children as young as 5 would be permitted to choose their own race and gender-identity —without approval from their parents — under a controversial new policy proposed in Delaware.
Drafted by the state Department of Education, “Regulation 225 Prohibition of Discrimination” would require schools to provide access to facilities (bathrooms, locker rooms, sex education classes) and activities (team sports like wrestling and football) that are consistent with a student’s gender identity — regardless of the child’s sex at birth or age, even if their parents object. Under the proposal, students could also choose their own race.
“All students enrolled in a Delaware public school may self-identify gender or race,” the proposed regulation states.
Veronica Neffinger – August 30, 2017
Australian psychologists have released a guide encouraging parents and teachers to support teaching students about gender identity and gay marriage.
The Christian Post reports that the guide comes at a time when Australia is considering legalizing same-sex marriage with a postal survey next month which will gauge support one way or the other.
The Australian Psychological Society is urging support for same-sex marriage and gender transition, even among society’s youngest members.
The guide claims that, contrary to some beliefs, children are not harmed by being in same-sex families or being taught about LGBT issues.
Grace Carr – July 24, 2017
Certain body parts don’t define male or female gender, according to Planned Parenthood’s updated guidelines on how parents should talk to their kids about sexuality.
Planned Parenthood has long been a believer in hard science, arguing that a fetus is just a clump of cells, but the organization now purports that genitals don’t make a child a boy or girl. While the old Planned Parenthood recommendations rely on science to talk to preschoolers about sexuality, the new guidelines reject former advice and expound upon gender details far beyond any normal preschooler’s comprehension.
The old guidelines advised parents to tell their kids that:
- Women have breasts. Men don’t.
- Boys have penises and girls have vulvas. I’m a woman — a girl who is all grown up — so I have a vulva instead of a penis. And you’re a boy, so you have a penis instead of a vulva.
The new guidelines advise parents to say:
- Those are nipples. Everybody has nipples.
- Boy, girl, man, and woman are words that describe gender identity, and some people with the gender identities “boy” or “man” have vulvas, and some with the gender identity “girl” or “woman” have penises/testicles.
- Your genitals don’t make you a boy or a girl.
- It doesn’t matter too much what parts someone has.
Christian Institute – June 28, 2017
The promotion of transsexual policies in schools is leading to “confusion about gender identity” in children, a leading educationalist has warned.
Author and lecturer at the University of Kent, Dr. Joanna Williams, made the comments at The Telegraph Festival of Education.
She criticized campaigners for seeking to change school policies on gender and forcing children to “unlearn” the difference between boys and girls.
Dr Williams said: “We are increasingly reminded that schools are struggling financially. Yet the time, effort and money that goes into producing and monitoring transgender policies is out of all proportion to the tiny number of trans children currently in British schools.”
She added: “Children—encouraged by their experiences at school—are beginning to question their gender identity at ever younger ages.
Lianne Laurence – June 15, 2017
OTTAWA, June 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Canada’s Senate passed the Justin Trudeau Liberals’ transgender rights bill unamended this afternoon by a vote of 67 to 11, with three abstentions.
The bill adds “gender expression” and “gender identity” to Canada’s Human Rights Code and to the Criminal Code’s hate crime section. With the Senate clearing the bill with no amendments, it requires only royal assent in the House of Commons to become law.
Critics warn that under Bill C-16, Canadians who deny gender theory could be charged with hate crimes, fined, jailed, and compelled to undergo anti-bias training.
Foremost among these critics is University of Toronto psychology professor Dr. Jordan Peterson, who along with lawyer D. Jared Brown, told the Senate committee that Bill C-16 is an unprecedented threat to freedom of expression and codifies a spurious ideology of gender identity in law.
Neil Munro – May 2017
The federal constitution requires that school officials submit to the demands of a teenage girl who wants to change her sex to become a boy, says a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
The judges say that Kenosha Unified School District violated federal law and the Constitution because the teenager’s “gender identity” as a “transgender boy” is more important than the popular laws, civic customs and scientific consensus which recognize that girls and boys, men and women, are biologically and socially different even as they are also complementary and legally equal.
The court’s ruling in Whitaker v. Kenosha likely will be sent to the U.S. Supreme Court, which will likely decide in 2018 whether the new idea of “gender identity” will replace society’s distinctions between girls and boys, and between men and women.
Lianne Laurence : May 25, 2017
(Canada)—[LifeSiteNews] Canadians who disavow gender theory could be charged with hate crimes, fined, jailed, and compelled to undergo anti-bias training if the Trudeau Liberals’ Bill C-16 passes, critics told a Senate committee last week. (Screengrab via LifeSiteNews.com)
The Senate could vote as early as May 30 on Bill C-16, which adds “gender expression” and “gender identity” to Canada’s Human Rights Code and to the Criminal Code’s hate crime section.
Dr. Jordan Peterson and lawyer D. Jared Brown were among those warned the committee the bill is an unprecedented threat to freedom of expression and codifies a spurious ideology of gender identity in law.
Meanwhile, Campaign Life Coalition has issued an urgent call on Facebook for fasting and prayer that those senators in favor of the bill have a change of heart. As it stands, Bill C-16 is expected to pass.
CLC also commended Peterson for proving to be “a hero in this battle.”
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration used its last day in office to issue a memo allowing male immigrants who identify as female, and vice versa, to change their gender on official documents.
The office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), under the Department of Homeland Security, released the memo on Jan. 19, advising of revisions to the field manual pertaining to the “procedures and requirements to change the gender designation on a USCIS-issued document.”
“Individuals may request a change in the gender reflected on a USCIS-issued document using the standard USCIS form for requesting the desired document,” it outlines.
USCIS will then “issue an initial or amended document reflecting the changed gender designation” if the person submits a court order showing that they have been granted the right to be recognized as the opposite sex, an amended birth certificate, passport or driver’s license, or a letter from a health care professional “certifying that the requested gender designation is consistent with the individual’s gender identity.”
January 3, 2017
A federal judge blocked the Obama administration’s attempt to force doctors and healthcare providers to perform sex change operations and abortions under the Affordable Care Act.
Federal judge Reed O’Connor, a George W. Bush appointee, issued a preliminary injunction against the Department of Health and Human Services after it expanded Obamacare’s anti-sex discrimination language to include “gender identity” and “termination of pregnancy.”
The agency’s interpretation would have forced “nearly every healthcare provider in the country” to provide abortions and sex change operations. The court determined that the agency exceeded its authority in drafting the rule and blocked the rule on Dec. 31—just hours before it was to take effect.
“The regulation violates the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”) by contradicting existing law and exceeding statutory authority, and the regulation likely violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) as applied to Private Plaintiffs,” the injunction says.