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.