Legislative Update 4/13/17

SB 18,  Senator Pan’s latest assault on parental rights has been amended and now creates a Joint Legislative Committee, made up of members of the Senate and the Assembly. The issues that were not so long ago in the limelight will now be sent to the back room to be discussed by this committee which will be tasked with developing  “‘California’s Promise to its Children and Youth,’ a framework for the care and welfare of  the state’s children and youth  in various contexts, including, but not limited to, health care, nutrition, homeless assistance, education, and foster care…”

SB 18 directs the committee to work with medical organizations involved in child health care, educational organizations and institutions, organizations in child development and welfare, and applicable state agencies and commissions to develop a plan for implementation of the “framework” the committee is tasked with creating. But it mentions nothing about parents.

LOCATION: Senate Rules Committee
(waiting for committee assignment)

SB 179 weakens, essentially deletes, any requirements for an individual to change their sex on their birth certificate. A person must submit an application to change the gender on their birth certificate and an affidavit stating that they are submitting the change to conform their legal gender with their gender identity and is not for a fraudulent purpose . If no objection is made, the court SHALL grant the petition of change within 28 days of the filing.

In addition, the application for an identification card from the DMV would include the gender choices of male, female, and nonbinary. An applicant is not required to provide any information in addition to the application.

Imagine the many problems that will result for law enforcement officials from this free-for-all, self-identifying gender selection. Trying to identify an individual would become increasingly difficult if an individual’s sex does not match what’s listed on their identification.

LOCATION: Senate Judiciary Committee
Hearing Date: 4/25/17

SB 219  would force biological female residents in long-term care facilities to share sleeping quarters with biological males, and vice versa. This bill grants preferential rights to LGBT residents and leaves others with little to no right to privacy. This bill is ripe for abuse as the requirement is simply to self-proclaim one’s gender identity. This bill could easily be used as a tool by perpetrators to prey upon unsuspecting, vulnerable victims.

The bill also demands that facilities, such as restrooms, open to persons of one gender must be available to those of the same gender identity. This becomes especially problematic when facilities, such as bathrooms, are multiple use.

This bill demands that facility staff use a person’s “preferred pronoun,” but how does staff know what the preferred pronoun is? Can this change during the resident’s time in the facility? The crux of the problem is that SB 219 does not protect the dignity and safety of all long-term care facility patients.

LOCATION: Senate Judiciary Committee
Hearing Date: 4/18/17

SB 320  mandates that all UCs offer abortion by medication at their on-campus health centers. The bill also requires the schools to cover abortion in their student health plans in order to receive state funding for the purpose of providing health insurance to students. This is a prime example of the government trying to strong-arm UCs into doing what the government thinks is best for students.

Despite what those promoting this legislation might want to lead you to think, abortion by medication does not come without consequences, or risks. Are the student health centers equipped to handle these risks and consequences? Are they prepared to be available to a woman the days and nights following her abortion? Are they prepared to offer her the full range of care necessary should something go awry?

Aren’t universities supposed to be a place of empowerment anyway? Abortion does not empower women. Instead of promoting abortion, the UCs should focus on the services they provide to pregnant women and mothers on campus. UCs are in a unique position in women’s lives to empower them to continue on in their education even with an unplanned pregnancy.

LOCATION: Senate Health Committee
Hearing Date: 4/19/17

AB 569  prohibits employers from including in an employee handbook, or code of conduct, anything related to reproductive health care decisions. For example, a Christian school could not make it against their code of conduct for women to obtain abortions during their employment, even though it is contrary to that school’s moral and deeply held religious beliefs. This bill is a violent assault on religious liberty, as well as massive government overreach into the affairs of private businesses.

LOCATION: Assembly Judiciary Committee
Hearing Date: 4/25/17