Illinois bill would classify parent’s refusal to provide gender-transition or abortion care as child abuse

Illinois Democrats are pushing legislation that would classify a parent’s refusal to provide their child with gender-transition care or abortion access as child abuse.

Introduced by Democratic state Rep. Anne Stava-Murray to the Illinois General Assembly, HB 4876 would amend the existing Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act to define an “abused child” as any child who is denied “access to necessary medical care, including, but not limited to, primary care services, abortion services, or gender-affirming services,” according to the legislation.

Under the legislation, “consent to the performance of abortion services and gender-affirming services executed by a minor is not voidable because of such minority.”

Medical providers who would treat these Illinois children without parental consent would appear to face no legal repercussions under HB 4876.

The bill “provides that a health care professional rendering
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