A new Canadian law is threatening the right of parents to decide how to best raise their children. Late last week, Ontario passed the highly controversial “Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act of 2017” (commonly referred to as Bill 89). The bill—deemed “totalitarian” by critics—includes parameters that allow the government to remove children from parents that refuse to accept a child’s “gender identity” or “gender expression.”
As the Christian Post reports, the new law replaces the existing “Child and Family Services Act” (or Bill 28) that governed child protection, foster care, and adoption services. The language of the bill stipulates that a family’s willingness to accept a child’s gender preferences is a factor to be considered when determining “the best interests of the child.”
“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,” said 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.”
Additionally, Bill 89 deletes verbiage from the previous law that stated the religious faith in which the parents were raising the child be taken into consideration.