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Maine’s Transgender Sanctuary Law Puts Children and Families Last

Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2024
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by Tammy Bruce
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In what can only be described as an urgent alert to parents, families, and those who care about the importance of parental rights, Maine is in the process of trying to pass an extremist bill making the state a “sanctuary state” for so-called “transgender” minors whose parents are not handling their child’s mental health issues in a way the left approves. No one wants this catastrophe but that doesn’t stop those obsessed with control over our children.

Maine’s LD 1735 bill, euphemistically-titled, “Act to Safeguard Gender Affirming Health Care,” is in reality a bill that is using children as an excuse to legitimize the state taking custody of children because parents do not bend the knee to leftist ideology. Like all other deeply personal issues, the left’s Identity Politics strategy has co-opted the transgender issue and morphed it into a political ideology with which to manipulate the public into acquiescing to far-left policy to advance its noxious totalitarian anti-freedom agenda.

Last week, after significant backlash about the bill, and a motion to dismiss it tied 5-5, Maine’s Judiciary Committee decided to delay further discussion about the bill until Thursday, January 25th. Advocates are using this time make sure everyone knows exactly what is at stake, and encouraging reaching out to Maine lawmakers. Rep State Rep. Katrina J. Smith appeared on Fox & Friends sounding the alarm.

Referred to as the “Transgender Trafficking” bill by some Mainers, its supporters claim the bill will help “protect” minors who can’t obtain sex-change surgeries or drugs because a parent opposes it. The Maine Wire reports, “LD 1735, if passed, would grant Maine temporary emergency jurisdiction over minors from other states who are unable to access gender-affirming health care due to parental or guardian opposition. This includes a range of procedures from the use of breast binders to irreversible drugs and surgeries like mastectomies and castration.”

This seems impossible, certainly too crazy to be real. But it’s true, and they’re not even trying to hide it. The official summary of the bill states in part: “The bill prohibits a court from considering the taking or retention of a child from a person who has legal custody [this is called kidnapping] of the child if the taking or retention [kidnapping] was for obtaining gender-affirming health care or gender-affirming mental health care for the child.” In other words, go ahead and kidnap the kid and transport them across state lines if it’s about a leftist sex identity fetish. And potentially involves physical mutilation of a child. Really, you can’t make this up.

Additionally, law enforcement is prohibited from acting on an out-of-state arrest warrant against a person who has trafficked a child into Maine for so-called “transgender care,” and it blocks police from reuniting a child with their parents.

The official summary also states openly what I contend is the crux of this obscenity: “The bill authorizes a court to take temporary jurisdiction [this means taking custody of the child] because a child has been unable to obtain gender-affirming health care or gender-affirming mental health care for the child.”

For several generations, we have been hectored, lectured, goaded, and threatened by the left to jump through rhetorical and other language hoops to prove our decency and kindness. We have been indoctrinated to believe that the settled default position is that Americans are racist, sexist, and homophobes (and now transphobes).

Now we are at their endgame: To prove we are not bigots, we must sit in silence as the wolves come for our children. And that is the test. If they can convince Americans that we are “irredeemable” barbaric fiends, they will openly take our children (literally) or order us to hand them over, because only the Bureaucratic State knows best.

There are two answers to that: No and Hell No! Even Europe is beginning to reject the extremist view of transgender children “care,” with Forbes reporting, “Across Europe there has been a gradual shift from care which prioritizes access to pharmaceutical and surgical interventions, to a less medicalized and more conservative approach that addresses possible psychiatric comorbidities and explores the developmental etiology of trans identity.” Indeed.

Many of you may not know that I was an organizer for the left during the 1990s. I can tell you that nothing they do has anything to do with helping people, or saving women and children, or making things better for the disenfranchised. Everything they do is to gain power. And the only way to stay in power is to control the minds of the next generation. Parents are the fundamental enemy of the left because pesky parents interfere with the efforts of strangers to take control of their children. Go figure.

Make no mistake, the title “Act to Safeguard Gender Affirming Health Care,” is meant as a distraction, just as is their vile attempts to normalize children and sex. While we appropriately focus on the fate of children, the bill sets many shocking precedents, a veritable leftist fantasy wish list, impacting everyone’s lives eventually on every issue:

It enshrines leftist ideology—using the propaganda of transgender children ideology – into law, as though there is no debate and the “transgender children” fever is settled science, and not just putrid leftist politics. Ergo…

It enshrines into law that parents who raise their children with other than leftist ideology are abusers, (i.e., if you refuse transgender “care” for your child, it is “abuse.” This issue is the key that unlocks the door to condemn parents who are deemed political opposition as abusers because of their faith or politics). Ergo…

It enshrines into law that the state can take “jurisdiction” [custody] of the children of parents who “abuse” them by having opinions and values that contradict and threaten the leftist agenda.

All of that is true only if you passively accept it. If parents can be convinced or harassed or threatened or legislated into surrendering their children to the state, all is lost. Nothing else matters. It is the moment the left dreams of—if you are willing to do that, you will give up all freedom. The problem for the left is they constantly underestimate the American people. Let’s show them again who’s in charge of this country, and that American traditions and values are worth fighting for. And make no mistake—we will.

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Lhett
Lhett
1 month ago

To truly experience the physical change of transgender treatment, I suggest the politicians and supporters of this power grab face mastectomy or castration before forcing it upon somebody else’s child.

Lieutenant Beale
Lieutenant Beale
1 month ago

There are principles codified in the Declaration of Independence and language that states when a government becomes tyrannical it is the duty of the citizens to throw off & abolish it and form new government. The Declaration also cautions folks not to act for light and transient causes, however, there are some things that are worth fighting for.
Family is one of them. When the State targets my family, children and grand children, it’s time to push back and fight with the veracity of a rabid pit bull regardless of what asinine legislation they pass.

Ty
Ty
1 month ago

First, second and last, this is not health care it’s health abuse. Eletist are attempting to channel confused, uneducated and easily influenced childern into unreverseable procedures and surgeries. Such procedures will dictate a child’s future before they can even start to make educated decisions. This is disgusting, a page from the rat maze research of the 1950s. If you break your thumb, you mend it. You don’t cut it off and replace it with a finger.

goldeneagle
goldeneagle
1 month ago

Sickos. Every idiot in Maine who supports this transfreak crap is a sicko.

Granny26
Granny26
1 month ago

The left is way over the edge. It should be ILLEGAL everywhere to do any kind of ‘transgender’ surgery, etc to anyone under 18. I was a tomboy growing up but that didn’t mean I wanted to be a boy. And my dad wanted a boy after 3 other girls but they didn’t want me to have surgery to change me. The left has taken too many ‘mind messing’ drugs.

Denise Murray
Denise Murray
1 month ago

Our Lord said 2000 years ago; “Suffer the children to come unto Me.” Those committing this evil on the most innocent (some as young as 3!!) will one day literally melt with fear. What’s happening to this once strong, Constitutional Republic, the land of the free and the home of the brave would no doubt cause our Founders who pledged their “lives, honors and fortunes” to come out of their eternal rest and cry in disbelief. A nation founded on freedom of religion, a nation with a Bill of Rights never seen in any country from the beginning, a nation of strength, a nation primarily of integrity, strong families, a nation with a strong justice system…the terror of the enemy in the world wars…has become a whimpering dog. Politicians may start out with “great expectations” but are quickly bought and paid for by those with only self interest…how many are willing to lay down their lives to preserve America?
About a year ago I got a picture in my mind of an old, tired beaten down buffalo bull who just collapsed on the ground. His nose resting in the dirt. Barely able to stand and leaning on his great shoulder was a bedraggled eagle. Feathers’ tattered and his eyes dull…just recalling this brings tears to my eyes.
Ben Franklin was once asked: “What is the best form of government?” His answer: A Republic if you can keep it.” Even more to the heart Patrick Henry made this statement: “When a nation forgets it’s God, tyrants soon forge it’s chains.” Can I get an amen?

Randall L. Beatty
Randall L. Beatty
1 month ago

This shows what this country has become very sad we need new leadership in this country and that not only goes for the White House but also the individual states time to replace those people as well that corrupt this country voters need to vote them out of office.

JPop
JPop
1 month ago

When is the embarressment and madness gonna stop? Other countries are getting a really good belly laugh at the crapola being forced on WE THE PEOPLE by an un-hinged few.

Myrle Francis Sr
Myrle Francis Sr
1 month ago

You can do a lot but you can’t stop stupid people, from being STUPID!

Anita York
Anita York
1 month ago

I was a tomboy when
I was a child, and I even had some gender disphoria (spelling?). I wanted really badly to be a boy. I even tried to think of a way to make myself a boy. But as I grew into my teen years, this completely disappeared, and I was very happy with being a girl. How I thank God, with all my heart, that there were no transgender advocate creeps around in those days!!! I married at the age of twenty and went on to bear 5 children, and I have never, ever wished I were a man!!!
Children need to be let alone until they are adults and can make reasoned, rather than emotionally-driven, decisions about such important and life-altering decisions.
This whole “compassionate care” thing is not about science or physical health. It is a politically charged, agenda-driven plan to control, rather than help anyone in any way. May the Lord help America!!! She is an example of the blind leading the blind straight into the most horrific ditch!

Jeri
Jeri
1 month ago

Names and pictures of those who vote to approve and fund this nonsense need to be available for all to see. Drop the child at their house and they become the foster parents and deal with the aftermath. Sadly people in favor of this nonsense need to deal first hand with the damage. It needs to disrupt and mess up their lifestyle 24/7 for weeks and months and years if necessary. They need to suffer as much if not more than the child they are advocating this for.

Art Warmack
Art Warmack
1 month ago

I don’t know how everyone else felt about their child during their public education years but when we were raising our kids if the school or state essentially kidnapped one of our kids so they could live out the propagandized perverted dreams of some school or state, I would have killed anyone responsible. OOhhhhh…….”don’t say that, its playing into their hands”, BS! There are a lot of things worse than death which I would most certainly be upon taking such measures but the evil demons I would have managed to remove from this planet sure wouldn’t be able to ruin another childs life. As for “playing into their hands’….are you serious? Crap like this demands permanent solutions and to hell with group think.

cathym
cathym
1 month ago

people need to have a town meeting with petitions signed who DO NOT agree with this abuse on children and parental rights vote these leftists OUT This is harming children years down the road for someone’s collective stupid decision to pass this type of bill infringing on the rights of parents and the kids way too young to make this type of life changing decision which will affect them years to come How about the lawmakers concern themselves with things like housing and economic issues affecting people???

Walter P Jenkins
Walter P Jenkins
1 month ago

My gosh! Oh, this law means the parents can no longer direct and manage their children? Yes, it mean the state is taking away parental rights. Anyone with CS knows that changing your gender is impossible. You can’t change your gender, period. There are two genders, period. The people in government who are promoting these things are of corrupt minds. It’s sad, that they have given up the Truth for greed as Big Pharm and Medical Mal-practioners are the ones pushing this too. big money involved. //. The most angry young people I’ve ever seen are those that changed their gender of which three were leading Antifa. They were of the mind to loot, burn, kill and destroy. I would have extreme anger too if someone had tricked me into taking powerful drugs that changed my mental state and cut off my body parts. Think about that!

Anna
Anna
1 month ago

Absolutely outrageous.

Amos
Amos
1 month ago

Maybe the hunters should consider taking some if these lawmakers to the woods and change there gender?? Do t forget to field dress them,

Morbious
Morbious
1 month ago

Have new york commies moved into Maine? Whether they have or not it’s crucial to recognize what the author says; the left has only hate to dole out. They do not love people. Everything they do is to gain power. That power is used to crush people.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

It’s a cliche’ comparison but is so often truthbwhen referring to what the left does: “the Nazis believed children were the property of the State, too”. Next on the agenda will be the decriminalization of pedophilia with NAMBLA members caucusing with Democrats along with the teacher’s unions.

Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
1 month ago

Maine is a sleazy state fill of sleazy people. they are all very much low value and would better serve the world as fertilizer.

got the you scum sucking Maine people. hope you wood or pellet stove burns your house down while you are protesting fossil fuels you dumb people.

Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
1 month ago

Maine is full of perverts.

G Morgan
G Morgan
1 month ago

Sick Sick People

Bob
Bob
1 month ago

So… if this law passes, hypothetically, if adult Auntie or Uncle ambiguous (not legal guardian) escorts a willing gender dysphoric juvenile across State lines (Dare I say, a Federal offense?) to the land of the Maniacs without the knowledge or consent of the parents and/or legal guardians, there is no recourse??
I think I see Rod Serling peeking around the corner… Sheesh.

Mike
Mike
1 month ago

Put a wall around it , it’s a communist place

JanK
JanK
1 month ago

Maine sounds like a good place for Gov. Abbott to start busing illegals to. Maybe that would push those woke politicians into reality and give them something else to do besides dream up all this crap. State will have a lot of room when people start moving to states that believe in faith, family and freedom.

Gloria
Gloria
1 month ago

Oh, so this is the real reason the Secretary of State of Maine, doesn’t want Trump on the ballot. He’s not a “woke” transgender lover. It’s always some dark political reason. Not for the kids, not for the people of the U.S. – only money and power and destruction of America. Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy. The SOS for Maine I walking on slippery ground.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

This article makes me feel nauseous

Richard Hollingshead
Richard Hollingshead
1 month ago

my opinion is the lawmakers that pass this kind of garbage should be recalled plus voted out of office.

Jerry
Jerry
1 month ago

It just gets crazier and crazier.

Bruce
Bruce
1 month ago

Maine is crazy, must be all that cold has affected their brains. Nazi Germany, turn the children against their parents. Will we never learn?

Harry
Harry
1 month ago

Another state gone to hell!!
No more fall color tours there for us!!

Michael DeCrane
Michael DeCrane
1 month ago

Ironic how the left and progressive try to convince everyone, that conservative Christians are a threat to democracy. When they freely practice totalitarianism.

Robin
Robin
1 month ago

After reading some of the comments below, I’m beginning to agree that some people of Maine are nuts and/or perverts. I don’t think they should be allowed to vote in Federal elections, especially for president, because they lack intelligence.

Kelly
Kelly
1 month ago

If gender & sex are separate things then how can a sex change reaffirm a preferred gender?

Thinking
Thinking
1 month ago

The sanctuary state for the migrants isn’t working out very well. What makes them think a sanctuary state for trans children will be a success. And is the state of Maine going to take care of these children for the rest of their lives? Is the state of Maine so superior to parents that they can kidnap these children? Because that is what they are doing. And the democrats dare to call Trump a Nazi. They are dr Mengele over these children. Nothing more than an experiment to depopulate the world. They have no soul, no love for the American people nor the Country. They want to make obedient followers of all of us. As soon as AI rules the world, we all have a chip in our brain so they can read our thoughts. This is not as impossible as you think. That is their final solution to genocide and depopulation. We are almost there. Ole Joe is the Guinea pig in all of this. You don’t think he is ruling the country as himself, do you?

Sandra Olson
Sandra Olson
1 month ago

I live in Iowa…a state of normal people, a conservative and fiscally responsible governor and school systems that try their best to protect minors from the insidious left and their insane ideas. We may have snow, we may not be the most exciting place to live but we will welome anyone who wants to move to a state that actually loves families, parents and the protection of little children. Clean air; friendly people; a lower-than-average cost of living and lots of work for skilled men and women. What’s not to love?

Ed
Ed
1 month ago

I urge all transgenders to please move to Maine!

VikkiC
VikkiC
1 month ago

Josef Mengele has been resurrected!

brutus1177
brutus1177
1 month ago

IL SB1283 Creates the Gender-Affirming Health Care Protection Act. This is in the Illinois Senate last year 23.Thanks to Tammy’s story I thought I see something familiar so I dug it out. They write these things to give lay ppl a head ache.(lay=non-lawyer:) We need internal vigilance of our state capitals it looks like. Aprox15 other states are pushing or have pushed similar bills.

Bernard
Bernard
1 month ago

The comment below about the Declaration is telling. It is time now to exercise the rights we have aspired to by exercising the 2nd paragraph of the Declaration.

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
1 month ago

I think it is nuts and haven’t heard what happens to children who don’t want to return to their parents. Maine can’t force anything on them if they don’t live in Maine.

Robin
Robin
1 month ago

The persons to blame in all this are the people of Maine who voted for the politicians who try to pass such laws.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Wrong ME real bad

Alicia
Alicia
1 month ago

The indoctrination is real the more they devalue them the more they win. I believe to ensure that all children and humanity know the value of love in oneself and of each other. This is the problem. It isn’t those of liberals, left, or right it is simple the inability to understand the power within each individual guided by the mind and destroyed by ego. We believe what we see and fail to understand the unknown of ourselves and our ability to overcome the illusion of this life. We create what we want by faith in what we believe in love of each soul. Awaken to who you are. Society is selling a bill of goods not conducive to a life that is sustainable unless drastic measures are taken. 31/2 years is too much damage but is possible when the American people and its parents pull together to ensure that these grievances against children are not overlooked or disregarded. All forces and legal personal from all states should come together to dismantle nonlogical and criminal acts that destroy the minds and bodies of our next generation.

Alicia
Alicia
1 month ago

The indoctrination is real the more they devalue them the more they win. I believe to ensure that all children and humanity know the value of love in oneself and of each other. This is the problem. It isn’t those of liberals, left, or right it is simple the inability to understand the power within each individual guided by the mind and destroyed by ego. We believe what we see and fail to understand the unknown of ourselves and our ability to overcome the illusion of this life. We create what we want by faith in what we believe in love of each soul. Awaken to who you are. Society is selling a bill of goods not conducive to a life that is sustainable unless drastic measures are taken. 31/2 years is too much damage but is possible when the American people and its parents pull together to ensure that these grievances against children are not overlooked or disregarded. All forces and legal personal from all states should come together to dismantle nonlogical and criminal acts that destroy the minds and bodies of our next generation.

Jennifer
Jennifer
1 month ago

There is no ideological warfare going on. This is political instigation, parents and doctors get to decide what’s best for the kids not State GoP government.

VikkiC
VikkiC
1 month ago

Not sure what you mean by that?

Lisa Skinner
Lisa Skinner
1 month ago

Take a hike troll

Barbara
Barbara
1 month ago

My daughter, son-in-law and grandson just moved to Maine last July. They visited often before deciding to move there from Colorado and felt it was a safe, pristine environment in which to raise their son. My grandson is six and thankfully his parents are homeschooling him, but it looks like in Maine they are going to have to keep him off the radar totally and that would include doctor’s visits since doctors seem to be bought and paid for when it involves the transgender agenda. We do not share the same beliefs on many things, especially political and social, for the most part and it’s hard for me to communicate anything I find that might go against their often-misguided beliefs (they voted for Obama twice and always vote Democrat, due diligence is not their strong suit) so my telling them what’s going on in their state will probably fall on deaf ears.

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