The following is an excerpt of a video message by VTGOP Chairman Paul Dame regarding H.659.
“This bill is bad enough on its merits that name-calling just serves as a distraction from the main issue. This bill removes the rights of parents to provide informed consent. … Let’s keep our arguments against this bill strong by sticking to the simple facts of what the bill says, and not adding a lot of colored commentary and conjecture, saying things about people that we don’t know for a fact. I’m not backing down from what the facts are: this bill is an example of the most extreme elements of the Progressive Democrats. This is not just one legislator off on their own — there are 10 legislators from four different counties in Vermont that think it’s a good idea to remove parental consent from an extremely complex process. Eight and 10-year-olds do not have the capacity to assess the long-term risks that these kinds of treatments can have they same way their parent or guardians do. This bill is a problem.”
To listen to the entire statement on YouTube, watch the video above or click here.