This week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed controversial legislation that will stop state officials from obeying other states' laws that make it difficult to get transgender medical procedures and drugs.
The California Senate passed a new bill sponsored by Sen. Scott Wiener, a San Francisco Democrat, in late August to make the state a sanctuary for minors and parents fleeing such laws.
The new California law protects parents and children who are seeking transgender medical services from any legal penalties. This means that state agencies or law enforcement organizations cannot punish anyone for trying to get or give these kinds of treatments.
"Parents know what's best for their kids, and they should be able to make decisions around the health of their children without fear," Newsom said in a Sept. 29 signing statement. "We must take a stand for parental choice. That is precisely why I am signing Senate Bill l07."
Those who are against minors getting transgender surgeries argue that the new law erases state borders and will lead to more children being permanently harmed.