Nine CA Senators Can Stop Bill to Fund Teen Sterilization, But Will They?

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The fate of a bill to fund transgender treatments that permanently destroy the reproductive systems of minors is now in the hands of nine California State Senators. AB 2218, authored by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D) Los Angeles with principal co-author Senator Scott Wiener (D) San Francisco, will be heard before the nine members Senate Health Committee when they return to the capitol at the end of the month. The time to convince these legislators to dump this bill is now, while they are home in their districts. 

AB 2218 has already made its way through the Democrat-dominated state Assembly with little debate and approved largely along party lines. The bill establishes an “LGBT Transgender Wellness Fund,” to provide grants to nonprofits, hospitals, health care clinics (like Planned Parenthood), and other medical providers to pay for puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and mastectomies for minors, as well as cross-sex hormones and “sex-change” operations for adults. Originally the bill asked for $15 million to start the fund, but that amount was recently removed from the bill text. Now the exact amount added to the fund will be decided by the legislature at a later date.

According to Dr. Quentin Van Meter, a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist who testified against AB 2218 in the Assembly Health Committee, studies show children who are treated with cross-sex hormones for their gender confusion have “significant mental health issues,” that remain even after hormone therapy. Van Meter warned legislators that the state would be sued in the coming years for funding transgender affirming treatments for troubled and vulnerable children because they destroy healthy body tissue, sterilize the recipient, and cause irreversible damage.

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Call to Action

Equip yourself with information from the American College of Pediatricians, which details medical evidence showing “Transgender Interventions Harm Children.” 

Two action options:

  1. If you live in the district of one of these nine Senators, (see list below) then call their district office and make an appointment to talk with the Senator personally or with a senior member of their staff. Don’t be intimidated. Staff members are used to meeting with constituents all the time. Bring your friends. Bring your family. Bring your pastor and let your Senator know about your concerns. What do you think would happen if Senators got hundreds of meeting requests regarding this bill. They would take notice. No more silence.
  2. Call these nine Senators’ offices and inundate them with phone calls asking them to vote no on AB 2218.  Then post this article on your social media accounts and ask others to make calls too.

Senator Richard Pan (Chair)
District Offices
1020 N. Street, Room 576, Sacramento, CA 95814; (916) 651-1529
2251 Florin Road, Suite 156, Sacramento, CA 95822; (916) 262-2904

Senator Melissa A. Melendez (Vice Chair)
District Offices
25186 Hancock Avenue, Suite 320, Murrieta, CA 92562; (951) 894-3530
45-125 Smurr Street, Suite B, Indio, CA 92201; (760) 398-6442

Senator Lena A. Gonzalez
District Offices
3939 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 107, Long Beach, CA 90807; (562) 256-7921
6550 Miles Avenue, Room 214, Huntington Park, CA 90255; (323) 277-4560

Senator Shannon Grove
District offices
5701 Truxtun Avenue, Suite 150, Bakersfield, CA 93309; (661) 323-0443
7248 Joshua Lane, Suite B, Yucca Valley, CA 92284; (760) 228-3136

Senator Melissa Hurtado
District Offices
1201 E. California Avenue, Suite A, Bakersfield, CA 93307; (661) 395-2620
611 N. Douty Street, Hanford, CA 93230; (559) 585-7161
2550 Mariposa Mall, Suite 2016, Fresno, CA 93721; (559) 264-3070

Senator Connie M. Leyva
District Offices
464 W. 4th Street, Suite 454B, San Bernardino, CA 92401; (909) 888-5360
101 W. Mission Blvd., Suite 111, Pomona, CA 91766; (909) 469-1110

Senator Holly J. Mitchell
District Office
700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037; (213) 745-6656

Senator Bill Monning
District Offices
1026 Palm Street, Suite 201, San Luis Obispo, CA  93401; (805) 549-3784
99 Pacific Street, Suite 575 F, Monterey, CA 93940; (831) 657-6315
701 Ocean Street, Suite 318A, Santa Cruz, CA  95060; (831) 425-0401

Senator Susan Rubio
District Office
100 S. Vincent Avenue, Suite 401, West Covina, CA 91790; (626) 430-2499

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