Anthony Sabatini
Here is State Rep Sabatini greatly exercised over mask mandates and social distancing. The nut job called masks “cruel.”

“Perhaps Anthony Sabatini should register as a foreign agent.”

He seems far more interested in doing the bidding of the Vatican than actually doing something that will benefit Floridians.

Florida State Representative Anthony Sabatini likes “Look-At-Me!” stunts. Sabatini recently filed: “HB 133 – Prohibiting Cooperation With a United States Capitol Police Office Located in this State.” Perhaps Mr. Sabatini wants to look like he supports the January 6 insurrectionists. Furthermore, the U.S. Capitol Police does not have a Florida office.

A bill that Sabatini filed on Wednesday, September 29, is far more pernicious: HB 211 – Youth Gender and Sexual Identity. The bill proposes to ban all gender-affirming care for youth. It is strikingly similar to the Arkansas bill which suggests that it is based upon the “model legislation” promoted by Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF is an anti-LGBTQ hate group. Prescribe puberty blockers — Go to prison.

Sabatini has tried this twice before without success.

Perhaps Anthony Sabatini should register as a foreign agent. He seems to be far more interested in doing the bidding of the Vatican than in doing anything of real value to Floridians. And let us be clear:

The only reason for attempting to ban pediatric gender-affirming care is to inflict religious dogma on everyone thus affected. The proposed measure has no legitimate medical purpose.

Sabatini has a BA and a JD, both from University of Florida. Mr. Sabatini claims that his day job is as an officer in the National Guard. Simply stated: Anthony Sabatini is not qualified to substitute his “medical” judgment for that of the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is an exercise in arrogance.

“What other medical procedure that is consistent with the clinical practice standards of a major professional organization is banned?”

This tweet is deceptive:

I do not know what a “transgender reassignment surgery” is. Assuming that Sabatini means gender-confirmation surgery he is being hyperbolic. Minors are not candidates for gender-confirmation surgery. As I said, Mr. Sabatini likes “Look-At-Me!” stunts. Hyperbole is a form of dishonesty.

“Sick and twisted” describes making children suffer to appease the Vatican and to promote himself. Furthermore, no one is “pushing” children to do anything. That is like saying that my primary care physician is “pushing” the drugs that reduce my high blood pressure. (Not paying attention to morons like Sabatini might be equally effective.)

Just introducing bills like this does damage to a vulnerable minority group and their parents. First of all, Sabatine is saying that parents are stupid because they consent to care that constitutes the clinical practice standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Secondly, Sabatini is saying that doctors cannot be trusted.

Furthermore — and perhaps worst of all — these measures introduce uncertainty. Moreover, these measures single out trans youth. What other medical procedure that is consistent with the clinical practice standards of a major professional organization is banned? The answer is “none.”

“The only reason for attempting to ban pediatric gender-affirming care is to inflict religious dogma on everyone thus affected. The measure has no legitimate medical purpose.”

The reason for this proposed ban — at the risk of repeating myself — is solely a conservative Christian objection to the very existence of transgender persons. That, in turn, is based upon scripture.

Anthony Sabatini needs to brush up on the Constitution, particularly the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Establishment Clause means precisely what it says. There are no alternative interpretations.

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.