Common sense from Governor Christie

From North Carolina’s prettiest and smartest blogger:

Chris Christie vetoes transgender birth certificate bill, leftists go nuts
Posted by: ST on January 13, 2014 at 7:13 pm

The clueless wonders over at “Think Progress” are having a sh*t fit over Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bill that would have allowed “transgender  persons” who haven’t undergone a surgical sex change to legally change the sex on their birth certificates.  First, the story – via NJ.com:

Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill today that would have permitted people who underwent a clinical sex change procedure to amend their gender designation on their birth certificates.

Christie said changing a birth certificate would create opportunities for “fraud, deception and abuse, and should therefore be closely scrutinized and sparingly approved.”

Since 1984, state law has required the Department of Health to issue new birth certificates to people who have undergone sex change surgery. But not every transgender person goes that route, with some choosing hormone therapy instead.

The bill, (A4097) would have applied to people who have undergone “clinically appropriate treatment for the purpose of gender transition, based on contemporary medical standards, or that the person has an intersex condition,” according to the legislation.

You can read Christie’s full statement on why he (rightly) vetoed this bill here.

A lot more at Stacey’s original. She chose not to include the link to the Think Progress article in question, but I’ll cite it here.

Two points. First, a birth certificate notes conditions at the time of birth! If a person “transitions,” whether through surgery or otherwise, it does not change what sex he was when he was born. I can see altering a birth certificate to correct an error in the documentation, but the documentation of sex at the time of birth is not an error.

Of course, the second and more important point: There is no such thing as a “transgendered” person. A male can get himself castrated, have a surgeon stick artificial boobs on his chest and create a faux vagina, but that doesn’t make him female; it makes him a castrated male who has undergone plastic surgery. Similarly, a female can opt to have a complete double mastectomy, and have a surgical flap somewhat resembling a penis attached to her body, but she is still not a man; she is a mutilated female. The boy born with XY chromosomes will still have those chromosomes, and all of the different biological characteristics which make humans male, after “transition” surgery. The girl born with XX chromosomes will always have them, regardless of what surgical and hormonal treatments she undergoes.

More, that a person may believe that he was born the wrong sex is almost irrelevant with regard to growing up. A male who believes that he should be a girl is still going to be treated as a boy throughout his childhood, though perhaps not very nicely if he makes his feelings public. A girl who believes she ought to be a boy is still going to grow up as a girl, and be treated as a girl. We are, in part, shaped by all of our life’s experiences, and those experiences are simply not washed away with hormone and surgical “treatment.”

I do have sympathy for people afflicted with mental illnesses, but having sympathy does not mean abandoning common sense, and buying into their delusions.

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