Take Action To Stop Maine LD 1735
Email State Judiciary Committee Members to Oppose this Bill
Republished with original linked at the bottom. We can only add that email writers ought to mention that the World Health Organization recently admitted the evidence base for pediatric sex trait modification is “limited and variable regarding longer-term outcomes.” My letter is below the link to the original.
In Maine, proposed legislation LD 1735, called “An Act to Safeguard Gender Affirming Care,” will soon be reviewed and voted on by the legislature’s Judiciary Committee. LD 1735 seeks to follow in the footsteps of the California bill that prevents law enforcement from reuniting minors with their parents if they travel to the state in an attempt to receive “gender-affirming care” including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgery. If passed, the bill would prevent Maine law enforcement from cooperating with police from another state to return a minor who comes to Maine for these medical interventions. This provision would apply even in cases when the minor was brought to Maine by someone else who is not a relative, leading opponents of the bill such as Courage is Habit to call it the “Transgender Trafficking Bill.”
The Judiciary Committee had been scheduled to discuss the bill on Thursday, January 18th, but due to public pressure, the vote was postponed until January 25th, 2024.
Action Alert: Email the Maine State Judiciary Committee
Please email the eight members of the Main state legislature Judiciary Committee by January 24th. Their emails are below:
Your email can be simple:
1) I am writing as a concerned (parent, therapist, doctor, etc) and I want to express my opposition to Maine LD 1735
2) I oppose this bill because I am concerned that medical interventions for gender-distressed youth are experimental, and may be causing irreversible harm to vulnerable children and adolescents
3) Add any specific reasons why this bill could be harmful to teens and their families and/or why it should not be the role of the state to separate minors from their parents.
4) While this bill is being considered in Maine, it threatens the safety of minors across the country.
5) You may add any other comments you would like to share about the reasons you urge them to oppose this legislation.
Thank you for participating! If you email, please share about your experience in the comments.
To whom it may concern:
I am writing as a concerned citizen and parent in opposition to Maine LD 1735. I am a Democrat. I oppose this bill because medical interventions for "gender distress" in children are experimental.
On January 15th, the World Health Organization specifically excluded minors from inclusion in a new set of guidelines being developed for "gender affirming care" worldwide because the evidence base was, quote, “limited and variable regarding longer-term outcomes.”
Anyone who watches all eight seasons of "I Am Jazz" will have uncomfortable questions about the consequences of this experiment. I personally know children who are now adults with irreversible harms from so-called "gender affirming care."
Maine should avoid getting in between parents and their children who reside in other states. It is not in the interests of Maine to try "saving" children from their parents in other states. This legislation will encourage unhealthy rumination in children with mental illness. It is bad enough that TikTok influencers tell them to run away from home and join a "glitter family." Maine does not need to provide them with a glitter family.
False accusations and abuses are bound to follow contact with state agencies. Do not make the taxpayers of Maine responsible for travesties of justice in the name of “gender.” Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed similar legislation in California recently out of similar concerns.
I am asking you on behalf of parents around the country dealing with distressed children to table this legislation.