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MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (LifeSiteNews) — Presidential candidate Chris Christie said gender-confused minors should be allowed to undergo surgical and chemical mutilation.

“I just don’t want to see our government getting more and more intrusive in everybody’s life, getting bigger,” Christie, a former governor of New Jersey, told Fox News on Thursday. “I don’t think anything can replace parents when you’re talking about major decisions that… need to be made by our children.”

When asked by Brian Kilmeade if 14-year-olds should be allowed to “start switching genders,” Christie criticized Arkansas Governor Sarah Sanders for supporting legislation to protect kids from the drugs and procedures.

“I’ll tell you, it’s more of a parent’s decision than it’s a governor’s decision, for goodness’ sakes, Brian, you really think that Sarah Huckabee Sanders should be making this decision for children in Arkansas?” Christie said. “I love Sarah. I think she’s a great person and a really good governor. But I don’t think she would ever allow the government to substitute her judgment as a mother for their judgment.”

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Christie is not the only Republican presidential candidate who has opposed limits on the surgical and chemical mutilation of children.

Former Vice President Mike Pence said he wants limits for kids but is “libertarian” on the issue when it comes to adults.

“I’m heartened to hear the progress in other countries protecting kids from chemical or surgical gender transition. I strongly support efforts in my home state of Indiana and around the country to prohibit gender transition, chemical, or surgical treatment for children under the age of 18,” the Republican presidential candidate told Jordan Peterson on a recent episode of The Dr. Jordan B. Peterson Podcast.

“I’m libertarian enough to say if you’re an adult you live while you live. You know, I may not agree with decisions you make, but we’ll love you, and love our neighbor as ourselves as my faith requires, right?” Pence said. “But live and let live. But for our kids, absolutely not. We’ve got to take a strong stand.

Even adults who chose to undergo “gender transition” have later come to regret it.

For example, Helena Kerschner used to present herself as a man. Following a short interview with a Planned Parenthood staffer, she started testosterone injections at the age of 18.  She later regretted her decision and has since spoken out against the surgical and chemical mutilation of individuals.

Like Kerschner, Michelle Zacchigna from Orillia, Ontario also identified Tumblr and social media pressure as culprits in her decision to undergo “gender-reassignment.” She started exploring the process when she was 21 years old. Camille Kiefel also came to regret her double mastectomy, a surgery she underwent when she was in her twenties.

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