In an attempt to fight back against Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s (R) policies regarding transgender students, a Virginia Democrat has announced plans to introduce a bill that would charge parents with child abuse for refusing to “affirm” their child’s “gender identity.”
Youngkin has repeatedly vowed to fight against political agendas being taught in school, sexual material in curriculums, and the lack of safety in schools.
Virginia state Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D), who is a social worker, told ABC 7 News that she plans to “push back” against the Republican governor’s protection of parental rights by essentially making it a crime to not subscribe to the left’s radical gender ideology.
The legislation could lead to parents facing felony or misdemeanor child abuse charges.
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“The day that Gov. Youngkin wanted to implement this policy, I immediately texted the policy lead of that committee and said, this is how we’re going to push back,” Guzman told ABC 7 News.
Guzman’s bill would expand the definition of child abuse to include parents who are unwilling to “affirm” their child’s stated gender identity or sexual orientation.
The Democrat delegate told ABC 7 that, if a child reports their parents, “the job of that mandated reporter is to inform Child Protective Services (CPS).”
“If the child shares with those mandated reporters, what they are going through, we are talking about not only physical abuse or mental abuse, what the job of that mandated reporter is to inform Child Protective Services,” Guzman stated. “And then that’s how everybody gets involved. There’s also an investigation in place that is not only from a social worker but there’s also a police investigation before we make the decision that there is going to be a CPS charge.”
The Virginia Democrat then went on to threaten that the investigations into parents could cause them to face felony charges, implying a goal of damaging the parents’ reputations if they refuse to go along with the left’s radical gender ideology.
“What could the penalties be if the investigation concludes that a parent is not affirming of their LGBTQ child? What could the consequences be?” the ABC7News reporter asked.
“Well, we first have to complete an investigation,” Guzman responded. “It could be a felony, it could be a misdemeanor, but we know that CPS charge could harm your employment, could harm their education, because nowadays many people do a CPS database search before offering employment.”