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The California law, formerly known as Senate Bill 107, is one of the most tyrannical assaults against decency and innocence.

The law extends the definition of abuse to not allowing a child gender affirming healthcare. Under common sense law, anyone considering changing a child’s gender should be found guilty of child abuse. The law has long recognized that children do not have the ability to make adult decisions. This is why a child cannot drink, smoke, or even get a tattoo. The suggestion of this law is criminal.

California is not the only state with such questions moving through legislation. Alabama and Arkansas are in court proceedings trying to protect their recently passed law making it a felony for any person to “engage in or cause” a transgender minor to receive any gender affirming care, including puberty blockers, hormone therapy, and surgical intervention. Texas went as far as to call for investigations into parents who would take such measures. [1] Texas’ law has been challenged in court.

As the country grapples with the insanity of the thought of changing the gender of minors, let’s take a look at the science.


From birth the human body is programmed to respond in a certain way to your sex hormones and to stress hormones. This programmed response results from your genetic sex, whether you have two X chromosomes (female) or an X and a Y chromosome (male). According to Dr. Christina Parks, very early in development, your sex hormones format your DNA in a way that later controls growth and development in a way that is unique to your gender. Essentially, your body becomes “formatted” early on to respond to male/female hormones in a very specific way that is different depending on whether you are biologically male or female.

During puberty, your genetic sex again forms the programming which determines the way your body to respond to stress. When you block or disrupt sex hormone production, it is not done in isolation. This affects more than your sexual organs, hair growth, or breast development. It disrupts the entire hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis.[2]

Specifically, your hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis is exposed to your bloodstream and controls the entire hormonal axis of your body. If you disrupt it, in addition to disrupting sexual development and function, you are disrupting and creating a pathological response to stress hormones, potentially for the rest of your life. The outcome of such a response can cause issues like cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and diabetes. It affects your stress response and your cortisol response. This is very important for your entire overall physical and psychological health.

A dysregulation of these carefully orchestrated interactions can result in pathologies, such as immunodeficiency, memory impairment, obesity and cardiometabolic disorders.2

In layman’s terms, Women and men have very different stress responses.

“It has to do with the way our entire body is formatted; the way our HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) is formatted. When you dysregulate it, it results in pathologies. When you change your sex hormones, you are dysregulated your stress response. Dysregulated stress response is implicated in many, many disease processes especially those having to do with neuropsychiatric disorders. So, disrupting your stress response by changing your sex hormones is going to make you much more susceptible to neuropsychiatric disorders,” states Dr. Parks. 


Parks believes that it is probable that a disruption in our sex hormones causes some of these gender-dysphoria disorders in the first place. Many of the chemicals we are exposed to in the modern era are endocrine disruptors. Cleaning products, food, and clothing all have additives affecting endocrine and hormonal systems. Creating more disruption by adding hormone blockers is not the answer.


Section 3421 of the Family Code is also troublesome. The California code extends the scope of how many and which the state will have jurisdiction over. Section 3421(a) allows jurisdiction if “the child, the child’s parents, one parent, or a person acting as a parent, have a significant connection with this state other than mere physical presence.”[3]

The interpretation of that could mean that physical presence is not necessary if there is a “significant connection” with the state of California. “Significant connection” has previously been used when referencing stocks and business dealings. Expanding the definition to jurisdiction in abuse is far reaching. While the purpose of the code was to expedite the process of helping children in abusive situations, the definition of abuse has now been stretched to fit a liberal agenda and this section of legal code is alarming. 


There is an enormous difference between an adult choosing to make a huge, health-altering decision and a child, who likely hasn’t even had a serious biology class making such a decision. A person must be 18 years of age before buying tobacco products or serving in the armed forces. We do not allow under-aged persons to drink alcohol, for we know the risks associated with it mentally and physically. We don’t allow a child to get a tattoo because that is a decision that society has agreed needs to be decided when one is mature enough to realize it is permanent. Changing genders is much more permanent and WILL alter health outcomes for the rest of their lives. The risks associated with gender reassignment are complex in ways only an adult could understand. Children have no capacity to understand the far-reaching, complex ramifications of such a decision

This law defies common sense and good nature. It not only offends morality, but it also offends the idea of optimal health. A society that does not protect its children is destined for ruin. Let’s decide to protect ours.