GOP presidential candidate opposes ban on reassignment of minors
GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie has opposed a ban on sex-reassignment treatment for minors, and a recent poll found a majority of voters support restrictions on children receiving life-changing procedures.
On CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Christie was asked whether Republican governors would ban sex-reassignment surgeries and puberty blockers in their states.
Christie advocated for minors to have access to reassignment procedures, saying, “I don’t think the government should ever help parents go through a process that confuses their children or worries them about their gender.” sex. , although most of his base has a different view on this issue.
“I want to make sure that every state requires parents to be involved in these decisions,” the Republican told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “People under the age of 18 should have the support, guidance and love of their parents when making all the important decisions of their lives, and the government should not deny this under any circumstances.”
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While Christie supports access to sex reassignment treatment for children under 18, a Washington Post-KFF poll found that 68% of Americans oppose access to birth control drugs for children ages 10-14, and 58% oppose access to hormone therapy for 15 years. showed that he was against delivery. old people. on the 17th.
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While serving as governor of New Jersey in 2017, Christie passed laws allowing children to use school bathrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity rather than their birth sex.
Christie’s signature also lifted restrictions on biological males participating in women’s sports, which a WaPo poll found more than 60% of Americans should ban.
Bill S3067 also called for school educators to learn about LBGTQ issues by “providing professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, 2 counselors, bus drivers, coaches, and others.” school staff are involved in the issues and concerns of LGBTQ students.”
The law required schools to provide “developmentally appropriate” LGBTQ literature to students in their libraries, counseling offices or nurse’s offices.
That same year, the then-governor signed another law that prohibited insurance companies from denying coverage to anyone based on their gender identity.
Christie joins former President Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., who supports restrictions on children under the age of 18 and banning sex-reassignment procedures. and running in a crowded GOP field against candidates like former Ambassador Nikki Haley. from competitions in men’s and women’s sports.
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“These people are sick, they’re uprooted,” Trump said at a campaign rally in North Carolina in support of men competing in women’s sports. The former president also said that if elected next fall, he would “sign into law a ban on child sex in all 50 states.”
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