California state legislators lambasted their opponents in defense of a transgender healthcare bill (AB 2218) in a Senate hearing last week. Senate Health Committee members complained about receiving hundreds of calls from voters telling them not to support a bill that sterilizes children. Author Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) accused the opposition of misleading constituents and “fear-mongering for good sound bites.”
But according to informed consent forms recently acquired by California Family Council (CFC), the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) confirms that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones the hospital gives to prepubescent minors prevent them from having “biological children,” later in life. AB 2218 is intended to fund medical facilities handing out these gender transitioning drugs.
CFC received these forms from Michael Laidlaw, M.D. Endocrinology Specialist out of Rocklin, CA. He has authored numerous scholastic works regarding the medical harms of gender transitions drugs on children and adolescents, and he is alarmed by CHLA’s willful sterilization of children.
“I worked with a group of lawyers and Judicial Watch, and after a great deal of effort we were able to get the consent forms from the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles,” Laidlaw explained. “They confirmed exactly what I suspected, that the hormones used for child and adolescent transition are causing sterility in addition to a host of other health problems.”
The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles runs the Center for Transyouth Health and Development, the type of program AB 2218 seeks to fund and replicate throughout the state. Before trans-identified minors are allowed to start their transition using puberty blockers (which stops puberty from occurring) and cross-sex hormones, CHLA requires their parents to sign a consent form acknowledging the treatment risks.
Their consent form for “Pubertal Blockers for Minors in Early Adolescence” states, “If your child starts puberty blockers in the earliest stages of puberty, and then goes on to gender affirming hormones, they will not develop sperm or eggs. This means that they will not have biological children.” The consent form immediately continues with the following sentence underlined and in italics. “This is an important aspect of blocking puberty and progressing to hormones that you should understand prior to moving forward with puberty suppression.” (Find quote here, pg. 32)
CHLA also has a similar warning for parents who’s minors receive cross-sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone after puberty. The consent form for females taking male hormones says, “It is not known what the effects of testosterone are on fertility. Even if you stop taking testosterone it is uncertain if you will be able to get pregnant again in the future.” (Find quote here, pg. 35)
The warning on the consent form for males taking female hormones is similar. “Sperm may not mature, leading to reduced fertility. The ability to make sperm normally may or may not come back even after stopping taking feminizing medication,” the consent form states. (Find quote here, pg. 28)
The text of AB 2218 states, “The grants shall be available to a hospital, health care clinic, or other medical provider that currently provides gender-affirming health care services, such as hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery, to continue providing those services, or to a hospital, health care clinic, or other medical provider that will establish a program that offers gender-affirming health care services and has an established relationship with a Trans-led organization that will lead in establishing the program.”
AB 2218 passed the Senate Health Committee last week 7 to 1, Monday, August 10, but not before Santiago and Democrat Senators bemoaned that voters were “mislead” by opponents.
“Unfortunately, people have been misled about this bill,” Santiago told Health Committee members. “Let me be very clear, and set the record straight. Nothing in this bill. Nothing, I will repeat, talks about sterilizing kids. Nothing, I will repeat, in this bill points to anything to do with children.”
Senator Connie Leyva (D-San Bernardino) expressed pity for her callers. “We received hundreds of calls to vote no on this bill,” Leyva said in committee. “I felt bad for the people who were calling to ask us to vote no because I do think they were misled. There is nothing in this bill that talks about sterilizing children. It really talks about health care for individuals who identify as transgender.”
“I got hundreds and hundreds of calls asking me not to support something that sterilizes children,” Senator Susan Rubio (D-West Covina) told the committee. “So after those calls, I decided to read the bill very, very carefully and I didn’t find anything about sterilizing children.”
AB 2218 is on the Senate Appropriation Committee suspense file with a hearing scheduled for this Thursday, August 20th.
Here are other informed consent forms and documents from used by other gender clinics to warn parents and adults of the negative effects of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones:
- Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy: Informed Consent for Transgendered Patients
- Callen-Lorde Community Health Center: Protocols for the Provision of Hormone Therapy
- British Columbia Children’s Hospital: Informed Consent Form: Testosterone Therapy for Gender Dysphoria
- Fenway Clinic Informed Consent Form for Puberty Suppression
- Fenway Clinic Informed Consent for Masculinizing Hormone Therapy
- Fenway Clinic Informed Consent for Feminizing Hormone Therapy
Call to Action
Call your Senator’s office and each member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and tell them:
Don’t Sterilize Children, Vote No on AB 2218.
If they say the bill will not fund treatments to sterilize kids, quote and send the information in this article to them.
Senate Appropriation Committee members:
- Senator Anthony J. Portantino (Chair) (916) 651-4025 or (818) 409-0400
- Senator Patricia C. Bates (Vice Chair) (916) 651-4036 or (949) 598-5850
- Senator Steven Bradford (916) 651-4035 or (310) 412-6120
- Senator Jerry Hill (916) 651-4013 or (650) 212-3313
- Senator Brian Jones (916) 651-4038 or (619) 596-3136
- Senator Connie M. Leyva (916) 651-4020 or (909) 888-5360
- Senator Bob Wieckowski (916) 651-4010 or (510) 794-3900
Find your Senator contact information here.
You can also send Senators letters from these doctors who oppose the bill: