In a vote along strict partisan lines, the Senate voted yesterday to pass the atrocious “Gender-Affirming Care” bill, SB 923, 28 to 7, with 2 Republicans, Senator Shannon Grove of District 16, and Senator Rosalicie Ochoa Bogh, and 3 Democrats not voting.
Per usual, the Democrats in the state legislature chose to endorse and codify gender ideology, junk science, sex denialism, and “affirmative care,” a euphemism for lifelong medicalization, sterilization, and mutilation of children and youth, heedless to pleas from feminists, detransitioners, parents, and medical professionals to vote NO.
We are particularly disappointed in the Democratic women legislators who voted for this bill, namely: Nancy Skinner of District 9; Maria Elena Durazo of District 24; Melissa Hurtado of District 14; Susan Rubio of District 22; Susan Talamantes Eggman of District 5; Monique Limon of District 19; Connie Leyva of District 20; Sydney Kamlager of District 30; Lena Gonzalez of District 33; and Toni Atkins of District 39. We are also disappointed that the two Republican Senators, Grove and Ochoa Bogh, did not vote on this bill, as their votes almost certainly would have been in opposition, Grove having voted against SB 923 in the Senate Health Committee.
We invite anyone who cares about the First Amendment and the right to dissent, scientific reality, ethical medical and psychiatric treatment, responsible use of public funds, or women’s sex-based rights to contact your Senator and let her/him know how you feel about how s/he voted!
SB 923 is going to the Assembly next where we need to mount a fierce resistance to its passage. Join us in this fight!