Hundreds of thousands demand Texas leaders step in to prevent gender ‘transition’ of 7-yr-old boy (UPDATED)
PETITION: 7-year-old boy should not be forced to live as a girl! Sign the petition here.
Update: Judge Kim Cooks has ruled that James' parents will have joint conservatorship over him. Read more by clicking here.
UPDATE, October 23, 2019, 7:50PM: This report has been updated to include additional reactions, including a comment from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
DALLAS, October 23, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – As the country watches in horror a Texas father’s legal battle to prevent his ex-wife from “transitioning” their seven-year-old son into a faux girl, a growing chorus of Americans is demanding state and federal leaders intervene to save James Younger.
On Monday, a Dallas jury ruled 11-1 against father Jeffrey Younger in his fight against his ex-wife, Dr. Anna Georgulas, who wants to subject young James to puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones as well as legally force his father to treat him as a girl. Mr. Younger contends that all of this is being pursued against his son’s will.
The case has sparked intense national outrage even as the mainstream press largely ignores it, with experts warning that not only is affirming a child’s gender confusion psychologically unhealthy in the long run, but exposure to sex-change hormones carries serious physical risks including infertility, impairment of adult sex function, and reduced life expectancy.
As of the time of this writing, a Change.org petition calling on Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and state lawmakers to intervene has received more than 211,000 signatures. LifeSiteNews has also launched its own petition calling to support James and his father, which will be delivered to the governor and Jeffrey Younger. LifeSite’s petition has collected more than 26,000 signatures so far.
“Conservatives would be wise to pressure Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to convene a special session of the legislature and criminalize all non-medical removals of male or female genitalia,” Conservative Review senior editor Daniel Horowitz said. “Other states where Republicans control the governorship and state legislature should be encouraged to do so as well. In addition, Senate Republicans, who seem to have nothing better to do with their time anyway, should pass legislation stripping the federal courts of jurisdiction to interfere with these state laws.”
Several prominent conservative commentators also called on Gov. Abbott and state and federal lawmakers to intervene, as well as for President Donald Trump to help bring more attention to the case:
@DonaldJTrumpJr can we get your help trending this?— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) October 22, 2019
If only there was some sort of legislative body that could enact laws to protect children from this sort of grotesque abuse. https://t.co/9UH5q4z8hL— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) October 23, 2019
According to a witness, friends with the father, who insists that the boy acts like & identifies as a boy & was denied the opportunity to testify yesterday, the final verdict will be announced tomorrow. Pray. @GregAbbott_TX @SenTedCruz what can be done? #ProtectJamesYounger https://t.co/eJs9BIyDzk— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) October 22, 2019
Republicans need to speak on the true consequences of child transgender intervention and work to introduce legislation to make all transgender medical intervention illegal for children and minors.#ProtectJamesYounger— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) October 23, 2019
Dear @tedcruz @replouiegohmert @RepDanCrenshaw @RepRatcliffe @JohnCornyn,
Please read this and use your political power to do something about it. This should never be allowed to happen. This child is being abused by his mom. The dad is trying to #ProtectJamesYounger. Help him! https://t.co/X8Kmooxhuc— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 22, 2019
Many also spoke out more generally to register their disgust and express support for James and his father.
A 7-year-old child doesn't have the maturity to make profound decisions like this. The state of Texas should protect this child's right to choose—as an informed, mature person—and not be used as a pawn in a left-wing political agenda. #ProtectJamesYounger— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) October 24, 2019
This case is a perfect example of how our actions as adults affect our children. This troubled 7-year-old boy is now in danger of becoming the product of a radical ideology that fails to regard his physical health.— FRC (@FRCdc) October 24, 2019
"This case is not just about transgenderism. It is also about divorce: the family court judge has the authority to grant everything the mother requests,” Ruth Institute founder and president Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse told LifeSiteNews. “Whether the father cuts the boys' hair, or is sufficiently ‘affirming’ can determine whether he gets to see his own sons. Family courts already routinely make custody and visitation dependent upon monitoring highly personal and intimate aspects of a law-abiding family's life.
“The case is also about third party reproduction,” she continued. “Current law permits the separation of genetic motherhood from gestational motherhood from legal motherhood from care-giving motherhood. The best interest of this child, of any child is for all those aspects of motherhood to be united in one person, the one and only mother.” She also warned that “people who are determined to have a child at all costs sometimes develop (or already have) serious control issues,” and if “half of what Mr. Younger reports on his Save James website it true, Dr. Georgulas has serious control issues.”
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“And of course, the case is also about the transgender ideology,” Dr. Morse said. “With virtually no clinical standards, adults are making irrevocable decisions on young children. This little boy's body is perfectly healthy. The sex of his body is not ‘wrong’ and does not need to be surgically or chemically altered. I call on all people of good will, including the Governor of Texas and the President of the United States, to speak out against this.”
Wake up: there are no safe states. Where are the churches? Why are they not rising up to defend this father who is trying to save his little boy? https://t.co/USnWWPDCah— Rod Dreher (@roddreher) October 22, 2019
This is heartbreaking. Gender ideology is a unique threat to parental rights and children. This boy deserves parents who will patiently guide him, not rush him into life-altering decisions #ProtectJamesYounger https://t.co/coCiNifKP1— AllianceDefends (@AllianceDefends) October 22, 2019
What we are seeing right now is state sanctioned child abuse. If this doesn’t get overturned, we are in for a whole lot of never-ending hell from this pandora’s box. #ProtectJamesYounger— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) October 22, 2019
Who said I believed in the rule of law? You must be confused. I don’t believe in obeying laws I find to be unjust. In fact, I believe the father of James Younger has a moral obligation to break the law.— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) October 22, 2019
Come try to chemically castrate my son and see what happens. https://t.co/qsi1uk77Jg
Gov. Abbott responded Wednesday evening with an announcement that the situation "is being looked into by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services."
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