Thursday, June 20, 2024

Democrats Cross Lines To Stop Genital Mutilation In Texas; Mr. Sulu Calls For Them To Be ‘Primaried’

In a tirade of a tweet Friday night, as the Texas House of Representatives approved a state Senate bill to ban the practice of gender modification surgery among minors, George Takei, the famed “Star Trek” actor and liberal activist, went after one of several Democrats who supported the legislation.

Rep. Shawn Thierry, one of several Texas House Democrats who broke ranks to support Senate Bill 14 on its third try in the lower chamber, issued a statement explaining her vote, including a verse from the New Testament.

Takei, 86, called the vote “disgraceful and harmful,” presumably a reference to a disproven hypothesis many liberals have adopted as uncontested fact that suicide increases when children are not allowed to pursue body-altering surgery and hormone treatments. “You should be ashamed. And primaried.”

Thierry represents Texas House District 146, a predominately black Democratic stronghold in urban Houston. She joined fellow Democratic Reps. Alma Allen, Rhetta Andrews Bowers, Harold Dutton, Tracy King, Suleman Lalani, Armando Martinez, Mary Ann Perez, and Penny Morales Shaw.

The Republican Party of Texas took an unusual step of thanking Thierry for her bipartisan support. According to a press release from the Texas GOP, the House vote was a critical step towards “ending the chemical castration and surgical mutilation of children.”

Fully 18 states “have already protected children from these horrific and abusive practices. SB 14 protects Texas children from so-called ‘gender transition’ or ‘gender affirming’ practices, including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgical procedures to remove healthy body parts.”

SB 14 was authored by Sen. Donna Campbell and carried in the House by Rep. Tom Oliverson, who are both medical doctors.

Thierry’s statement may be read below:

The bill now heads to a conference committee to hash out any differences between the House and Senate versions before it goes before Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature. Abbott previously named this topic a legislative priority.

The House vote was 92-48, though this may change slightly pending statements in the House Journal.

Supporters filled the House Gallery during all three days during which the bill was heard — though the conservative presence was often downplayed by a media insistent on calling the procedures “gender-affirming care” or some soft-peddled variation of thereof. Coverage of LGBTQ protesters, including some who were arrested and one who mooned House members before the Gallery was cleared, dominated news coverage and social media.

Two other attempts at passing the bill were derailed by points-of-order brought by Democrats — one concerning an analysis document accompanying the bill. The bills were sent back to committee each time by Speaker Dade Phelan, who sustained the procedural delays but tonight hailed the bill’s passage.