This commentary is by Paul Dame, chair of the Vermont GOP.
You won’t believe it until you read it yourself, but a group of 10 Progressive Democrats in the Legislature have sponsored a bill that would take away the rights of parents to decide whether or not their kids would receive hormone blockers as young as 8 years old!
House Bill H.659 proposed to remove the requirement for parental consent for major life-changing treatments like puberty blockers or “other treatments” without consulting the parent at all. Vermont needs a strong and united Republicans Party now more than ever to stop this kind of crazy!
Even in suburban districts full of highly engaged parents, like the one Tanya Vyhovsky represents, Democrats are on the attack to make sure that someone other than parents get the final say on what happens to our elementary school kids.
As a parent of young kids, this hits me especially hard! Maybe you are a parent or grandparent too. Every parent I know cares deeply about their children and wants what is best. But this bill would take away the right of the best parent in the state to say what was or was not appropriate for their kid! The parents are not even required to be notified that any treatment has taken place — even after the fact.