“The day that Youngkin wanted to implement this policy, I immediately texted the policy lead of that committee and said, this is how we’re going to push back,” Delegate Elizabeth Guzman told 7News.
Guzman is a social worker and she’s planning on reintroducing a bill in Richmond that would expand the state’s definition of child abuse and neglect to include parents who do not affirm their child’s gender identity or sexual orientation.
House Minority Leader Don Scott, a Democrat, said Friday that Guzman’s proposal would be “dead on arrival” in the next General Assembly session if it is introduced.
The spokeswoman for Glenn Youngkin released this statement:
“It’s clear that the goal of Democrat lawmakers in Virginia is to criminalize parents who are trying to be involved in their children’s lives. Children belong to families not to the state and Virginians can count on Governor Youngkin to continue empowering parents in the Commonwealth.”
Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares shared this statement with 7News:
“The far-left doesn’t seem to understand that Virginia parents want to be involved in their children’s lives. This is just another attempt to replace the role of parents with the government. Families have the right to raise children, not the state. This seems to be another entry for the Woke Olympics. As your Attorney General, I’ll always protect the constitutional rights of parents.”
I have spent my career fighting to support families and keep all children safe – as a social worker, mother to four children, and CASA child advocate. I will not let my record be distorted by anyone and I will always stand up to Republican attacks against our children. 8/8