VA Dems Want To Allow Minors To Consent To Gender Transition, Hide It From Parents

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2022/06/26: Participant seen holding a sign at the protest. Thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets of Manhattan to participate on the Reclaim Pride Coalition's (RPC) fourth annual Queer Liberation March, where no police, politicians or corporations were allowed to participate. This year the march highlighted Trans and BIPOC Lives, Reproductive Justice, and Bodily Autonomy. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • As Virginia’s state legislative session opened last week, lawmakers jockeyed over parents’ rights and gender issues, with Democrats offering a bill allowing minors to consent to medical procedures and allowing doctors to hide medical records from parents, and Republicans proposing the opposite.
  • Five Democrat delegates introduced House Bill 2091, which says that medical professionals and counselors may deny parents the right to their own children’s records if “the furnishing to or review by the requesting parent of such health records would be reasonably likely to… deter the minor from seeking care.”
  • It also says that “Any minor 16 years of age or older who is determined by a health care provider to be mature and capable of giving informed consent shall be deemed an adult for the purpose of giving consent to consultation, diagnosis, and treatment of a mental or emotional disorder by a health care provider or clinic.”

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