Since January, children in Washington state ages 13 and up can obtain confidential treatment for mental health conditions and gender dysphoria using their parentâ€™s insurance planâ€”without their parentsâ€™ consent.
Now, the state is considering a bill to set up health clinics on middle and high school campuses. Parents fear these clinics will talk children into dangerous and irreversible medical treatments such as puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to make their bodies look more like the opposite sex.
â€śThis bill would allow a child to make an appointment during the school day, and Mom and Dad would never know about it,â€ť said Jennifer Heine-Withee, a mother of three who runs Washington Parents Rights in Education.
In many states, including Washington, teenage girls may already leave classes to get an abortion or obtain contraceptives without their parentsâ€™ knowledge. ...