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Washington State Disregards Parental Rights, Provides Abortion and Gender Transitions to Minors

Bypassing parental guidance, Washington is pushing for secret abortions and gender transitions for children.

In Washington State, a deeply troubling development has emerged as the Department of Health launches the “Teen Health Hub,” a platform that not only facilitates but actively promotes access to “gender-affirming care,” abortion, and other sex-related health services for minors—without the knowledge or consent of their parents. This initiative, which includes guidance on bypassing parental oversight via mechanisms like obtaining Apple Care insurance and securing free transportation, is a stark reflection of the state’s continuing drift towards policies that undermine family values and parental rights.

The hub, which was propelled into existence by Washington state Democrats’ SB 5599, effectively allows shelters or host homes to harbor runaway minors under the guise of providing “protected health care services.” These services disturbingly include procedures for gender transition and access to abortion, funded by taxpayer dollars and devoid of any parental notification, unless deemed a “compelling reason” by the state. This law does not necessitate any evidence or even an allegation of abuse at home, thereby stripping parents of their fundamental rights to guide and protect their children.

Championed by woke politicians and signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee, this legislation and the ensuing Teen Health Hub are emblematic of a broader, more sinister agenda to erode the sanctity of life and the family unit. It is nothing short of state-sanctioned interference in the sacred parent-child relationship, promoting an ideology that not only accepts but encourages minors to make life-altering decisions in isolation from their families.

The “Teen Health Hub” Aggressively Promotes Its Damaging Agenda

The hub’s aggressive promotion, which saw its social media posts garner significant views, indicates a systematic push to embed this radical agenda deeply within our communities—targeting schools, community centers, and libraries. This is not just a local policy issue; it’s a national concern, as it sets a dangerous precedent for how states might handle the rights of parents and the protection of minors in the future.

Washington’s blatant disregard for the principles that underpin our society is appalling. These developments challenge the very fabric of our moral and ethical convictions, especially our unyielding commitment to protect the unborn and uphold the family as the cornerstone of society. We are witnessing an orchestrated effort to dismantle the foundational structures of parental authority, substituting the state’s judgment for that of the family.

It is incumbent upon us, as believers in the sanctity of life and the importance of family, to stand up against such overreaches. We must advocate for legislation that safeguards parental rights and ensures that families are the primary decision-makers when it comes to the health and well-being of their children. Our response to such governmental overreach must be firm and rooted in our enduring values. We cannot stand idly by as the bonds between parent and child are eroded by a state that seems ever more determined to replace parental guidance with governmental dictates. Let us strive to ensure that our voices are heard and that our values continue to guide the future of this nation.

Jay Shepard

Jay Shepard

Jay is a Director of The American Center for Education and Knowledge, a 501-c3 non-profit committed to protecting the ideals of individual rights, freedom of will and personal responsibility while defending American exceptionalism. Jay was elected as the National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee for Vermont in both 2012, 2016 and 2020.