Chris Christie - The Republican Contender Backing Transgender Treatment for Adolescents

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 06/19/2023
Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey and a declared Republican presidential contender for 2024, believes that hormone blockers and other transgender treatments on adolescents should be legal as long as a parent gives their permission.

Christie signed a bill that permits self-identifying transgender adolescents to use the restroom consistent with their claimed gender identification into law while serving as governor of New Jersey. During the national discussion on whether transgender people should use toilets for their opposite sex, particularly biological men using female facilities, that idea progressed.

Now, a number of states have introduced legislation limiting minors' access to transgender operations due to a substantial rise in the number of young people in this nation who are unsure about their gender identification.

Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona are among the states that have legislation restricting transgender medical operations. In Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Missouri, Kansas, and Wyoming, similar legislation is in the works and has received approval from at least one state legislative chamber. A measure addressing the issue is now pending in at least 33 states.

The procedures used—double mastectomy, chemical or physical castration, and possibly sterilizing hormones and puberty blockers—are permanent, and they don't account for the possibility that a child may become more comfortable with their biological sex later in life, according to opponents of transgender transitions by minors. Supporters assert that these treatments are the most successful for treating gender dysphoria, which is the subjective belief that one's "real" gender differs from the gender that was "assigned" to them at birth.

Christie adopted a neutral stance on the subject, indicating that as president he would permit the practices but would stress the significance of parental engagement.

On CNN's "State of the Union," host Jake Tapper stated that "several Republican governors around the country have been outlawing hormone therapy and puberty blockers for transgender persons under the age of 18."

"While serving as New Jersey's governor, you enacted laws that provide legal rights for transgender persons, including kids. What do you think of the Republican candidates and governors that are running in the opposite direction?

In response, Christie said, "Jake, I think the most essential thing in these challenges is making sure that parental engagement is present at every stage.

"In my opinion, the government should never take the role of the parents in assisting the transition of their kids through a process when such kids are uncertain or worried about their gender. And I just believe that the parents are in the greatest position to make these decisions. Therefore, I want to make sure that each state mandates that parents participate in these choices.

"It is true that people under the age of 18 should receive parental support, love, and advice while they make all of the important decisions in their lives. And the government shouldn't in any way exclude this group.

Christie's main competitors for the Republican nomination disagree with him as a result of the statements.

Former President Donald Trump, who is currently by far the front-runner for the party's nomination, has made it a centrepiece of his 2024 agenda to "fight the cult of gender ideology." Trump has pledged to "protect youngsters from left-wing gender craziness," adding that he will work to hold medical professionals accountable for performing such treatments on minors.

No respectable nation, according to Trump, "should be informing its youngsters that they were born with the incorrect gender." "This craziness will stop under my direction."

Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida and Trump's primary rival, has made the subject one of his pet peeves.

The "Don't Say Gay" measure, which DeSantis signed last year despite making no overt mention of any gender identity or sexual orientation, forbids instructors from bringing up contentious notions about sexuality and gender in the classroom with students under the age of ten.

More recently, DeSantis approved a comprehensive package that restricts access to toilets for those of the opposite sex and transgender people.

A woman is defined as "a person belonging, at birth, to the biological sex which has the specific reproductive role of producing eggs" and a man is defined as "a person belonging, at birth, to the biological sex which has the specific reproductive role of producing sperm" in the bill's attempt to define biological sex.

Christie's stance, although maybe appealing to some independents, may not align with the majority of party members' opinions.

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