Greg Burt
Greg Burt (circa 2018) of California Family Council | via Fox News/YouTube

Every untrue, sanctimonious fart rattles around the self-righteous echo chamber.

According to Greg Burt (California Family Council): Governor Signs Bill to Hide Minor Abortions, Transgender Drugs from Parents. Presumably that nonsense has the approval of the hate group’s leader; Jonathan Keller.

That is simply untrue.

California Family Council doesn’t do much. Revenues for the year ended September 30, 2020 were just $517,984 (about 30k less than the prior year). However, the organization is a virus spreading misinformation to incurious people who then retransmit the bullshit.

In this instance, Steve Warren at CBN has uncritically regurgitated Mr. Burt’s assertions. Moreover, so did Ashley Sadler with a (“deep love of American history and the Traditional Latin Mass.”) at LifeSiteNews. Furthermore, Brandon Showalter (who is obsessed with transgender persons does the same thing. None of these individuals shine greater than a one-watt bulb but that’s not the point.

I will just deal with the transgender idiocy (although the stuff about “minor abortion” is equally mendacious). When I first read that I asked myself whether that was a contrast to a major abortion. But I digress.

The simple fact is that California minors require parental consent for most medical procedures. Exceptions are for HIV testing and treatment, rape services, x-rays to diagnose abuse as well as the diagnosis and treatment of communicable diseases, including STDs.

Oh there is one other exception. A judge can medically emancipate a minor if he or she is at least 15 years of age and living separate and apart from his or her parents. The process takes about six months.

Yet, according to Greg Burt:

“I am pretty sure that if a parent consents to treatment then the confidentiality requirements for health insurers are irrelevant.”

AB 1184, sponsored by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, prohibits insurance companies from revealing to the policyholder the “sensitive” services of anyone on their policy, including minor children, even though the policy owner is financially responsible for the services. These “sensitive” services include abortions, sexual assault treatment, drug abuse and mental health treatment, cross-sex hormones, puberty blockers, and sex-change operations. In California, minors can consent to all of these sensitive treatments, except for sex-change surgeries, after the age of 12 under certain conditions, and consent to abortions at any age.

Mr. Burt is partially correct. The measure prohibits a health care service plan or health insurer from disclosing information regarding “sensitive” health services to anyone. However that prohibition is predicated upon the “if the protected individual has the right to consent to care.”

Sensitive services does include gender affirming care. However, Mr. Burt is confused, lying or both. Minors in California cannot receive puberty blockers, hormone replacement therapy or surgery without parental consent. In some instances it might be possible to receive these services with the consent of a judge.

Over at CBN, Steve Warren re-vomits the same nonsense regarding consent. At LifeSiteNews Ashley Sadler references CBN. So does Brandon Showalter. This stuff just rattles around in the echo chamber. Mr. Showalter is truthful regarding age of consent.

I am pretty sure that if a parent consents to treatment then the confidentiality requirements for health insurers are irrelevant.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.