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This new Canadian law considers denying a child’s gender identity a form of abuse

This new Canadian law considers denying a child’s gender identity a form of abuse

Ontario, Canada recently passed the Youth and Families Act of 2017. Also known as Bill 89, this new law gives the right to the government to take children away from families that don’t support their gender identity.

Replacing old laws determining child protection, foster care, and adoption service, this Act requires all children’s services and judges to consider a child’s ‘race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, citizenship, family diversity, disability, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.’

While older laws allowed parents to control a child’s education and religious upbringing, the new Act amends this right. It states parents are only allowed to ‘direct the child or young person’s education and upbringing, in accordance with the child’s or young person’s creed, community identity and cultural identity.’

‘I would consider that a form of abuse, when a child identifies one way and a caregiver is saying no, you need to do this differently,’ says Michael Coteau, the Minister of Child and Family Services who introduced the Bill.

‘If it’s abuse, and if it’s within the definition, a child can be removed from that environment and placed into protection where the abuse stops.’

Is this an ‘attack’ on Christians?

While many, including children’s rights advocate Irwin Elman, are celebrating this Bill as a step forward, groups such as Campaign Life Coalition are very critical of it.

‘With the passage of Bill 89, we’ve entered an era of totalitarian power by the state, such as never witnessed before in Canada’s history,’ says Jack Fonseca, senior political strategist for Campaign Life Coalition.

‘Make no mistake, Bill 89 is a grave threat to Christians and all people of faith who have children, or who hope to grow their family through adoption.’

‘The lack of spiritual leadership is killing us. Every single time that Liberals, either federally or provincially, roll out the LGBT juggernaut to take away our rights, or to demonize us as bigots, we hear nothing but silence from the Church. This has to stop,’ Fonseca stated.