CV NEWS FEED // Republican lawmakers in North Carolina voted on Wednesday to override the governor’s veto of three bills protecting children from transgender ideology.
The House and Senate Republican majority overrode North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes, passing the three bills into law during deliberations on Wednesday.
The three bills protect children from unfairness in sports, harmful exposure to transgender ideology in school, and access to permanently damaging surgeries without parental consent.
Cooper responded, saying Republican lawmakers are focused on “the wrong priorities,” when they should be working around the clock to establish a budget before the end of the month.
House Bill 808 protects minors from administration of puberty hormone blockers, cross-sex hormones, and “sex change” surgeries.
The law acknowledges that while “some individuals, including minors, may experience discordance between their sex and their internal sense of identity,” the research indicates that the majority of children outgrow this experience in puberty.
The law also allows for a 25 year window in which former patients who underwent “sex change” procedures may file a lawsuit against medical professionals for damages.
House Bill 574 prohibits students in middle school, high school, and college from competing in sports events of the opposite sex, or having access to gender-specific spaces that do not correspond with their biological sex, such as locker rooms and restrooms.
“A student’s sex shall be recognized based solely on the student’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth,” the law says.
Senate Bill 49, the “Parents Bill of Rights,” requires the school to disclose ahead of time when instructions on “gender identity, sexual activity, or sexuality,” will take place in order to provide parents the opportunity to opt their children out.
Additionally, schools must notify parents “prior to any changes” if their child expresses desire to be called by an alternative name or pronouns from kindergarten through fourth grade.
These measures apply exclusively to public schools, and do not extend to private or charter institutions.