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Caving to Pressure from Trans-Activists, Sen. Pan and Atkins Revive Bill to Fund Sterilizing Kids

State Senators Toni Atkins and Richard Pan, under pressure from transgender activists, scheduled a new vote to fund sterilizing transgender procedures despite previously announcing Saturday’s Senate Health Committee was the last hearing of the year. 

According to the Senate Health Committee staff, the change came from Committee Chair Senator Richard Pan and Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, a member of the LGBT Legislative Caucus. The Monday, August 10 hearing comes as a surprise after Pan’s spokesperson previously said the committee cut AB 2218 from consideration after being told to “evaluate and prioritize bills based on relevance to the current crisis our state and nation faces.” AB 2218 did not fit that criterion.

But when the Senate did not schedule AB 2218 for last Saturday’s Health Committee hearing, trans-activists put pressure on Pan to change his mind. They enlisted California immigrant-rights icon Dolores Huerta who urged supporters to call Senator Pan’s office, pushing messages of “Don’t Let AB 2218 Die.”

Now the fate of AB 2218, authored by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D) Los Angeles with principal co-author Senator Scott Wiener (D) San Francisco, is in the hands of the nine members of the Senate Health Committee.

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

Dr. Quentin Van Meter is a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist who testified against AB 2218 in the Assembly Health Committee. Van Meter cited studies showing children treated with cross-sex hormones for their gender confusion have “significant mental health issues” that remain even after hormone therapy. Van Meter also 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.

Go here for more information about AB 2218 and the dangers of Trans Treatments:

Call to Action

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)
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4006
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) (says she will vote “NO” on AB 2218)
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4028
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
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4033
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 (says she will vote “NO” on AB 2218)
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4016
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
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4014
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
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4020
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
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4030
District Office
700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037; (213) 745-6656

Senator Bill Monning
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4017
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
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4022
District Office
100 S. Vincent Avenue, Suite 401, West Covina, CA 91790; (626) 430-2499


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