Posted 24 days ago
A California mom concerned about a new state measure requiring judges to consider whether a parent has affirmed their child’s belief that they are transgender during custody battles warned Sunday that the policy could have disastrous implications.
"This is the steady assault on family and children that we've been seeing this legislative session and throughout the past couple of years in California," Nicole Pearson, a mom of three and a member of the newly-formed "Protect Kids California" group, told Fox News.
"If both parents are conservative, and they are not comfortable affirming their child, what does that mean? The way that we read the law is that both will be jeopardizing the child's health, safety and welfare… does that mean that the state will find that both are endangering or neglecting or even abusing their child and remove custody from both parents? And if no one is available to step up and take custody of the child, that child becomes a ward of the state.
"People need to be paying attention to what's happening here in California," she continued.
The California State Assembly passed AB 957 on Friday, dealing a blow to parental rights advocates like Pearson who warned the policy could jeopardize parental custody rights because they disagree with the child's decision to identify with a gender that does not correspond with their biological sex.
Jonathan Zachreson, also a "Protect Kids California" activist, told Fox News the measure could be indicative of things to come across the U. S. at some point.
"What happens in California will not stay in California," he said. "There's efforts that we're trying to do to help mitigate some of these efforts through some initiatives and, in particular, to protect children from reproductive harm."
Zachreson joined "Fox & Friends" last Tuesday where, alongside "Protect Kids California activist Erin Friday, a Democrat, where he discussed these measures, particularly three proposed 2024 ballot initiatives to help "protect kids." One would prevent minors from receiving gender-affirming care procedures or puberty blockers. Another would require schools to inform parents if their child elects to adopt a different gender identity other than the one corresponding with their biological sex.... (Read more)