Lauren Boebert supports trans health care bans by saying kids “belong to their parents”

Rep. Lauren Boebert
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) Photo: Screenshot

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) took issue with the suggestion that everyone should be concerned with kids’ futures and said that kids “belong to their parents” in an effort to show her support for laws that take rights away from trans kids, their parents, and LGBTQ+-supportive families.

She was responding to comments made by White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre last week at the GLAAD Media Awards, where Jean-Pierre spoke out against the hundreds of anti-LGBTQ+ – and mostly anti-transgender – bills being considered this year in state legislatures across the country.

Many of these bills would ban transgender minors from accessing gender-affirming care, even if they have the support of their parents and doctors. Parents of transgender children have been leading the fight against these bills. Other bills have been passed in Florida and Tennessee that ban parents from taking their kids to family-friendly drag events.

“I’ve met a lot of parents of trans kids in the past couple of months who have told me these devastating stories, whether they’re in Texas or Oklahoma or wherever they are, saying how they now have to seriously consider leaving their state to protect their child,” Jean-Pierre said. “That’s something that we have to call out and continue to be very clear about. These are kids. These are our kids. They belong to all of us.”

Boebert took those comments about how everyone should be concerned with kids’ futures – even if those children aren’t their own – to mean that Jean-Pierre was advocating for the government making children its “property.”

“The Biden administration continues to claim children ‘belong to all of us,'” she wrote. “No! Children are not property of the state. They belong to their parents!”

On Twitter, people pointed out that it’s contradictory to defend laws banning parents from making medical decisions for their children by saying that kids “belong to their parents.”

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