Washington Senate Bill: Youth shelters can hide trans and pregnant youth from parents

The Washington House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 5599, allowing shelters to hide children from parents. If signed by Gov. Jay Inslee, it will cancel a current law that requires youth shelters to inform parents when their child checks in, unless there is evidence of abuse.

The legislation expands the definition of a “compelling reason” to conceal a minor. Now, it will not be just abuse, but young people wishing to have a sexual mutilation operation, sometimes called gender-affirming surgery, and abortions.