(Headline USA) A Nebraska Democrat threatened to “burn” this year’s legislative session to the ground by filibustering every bill if lawmakers advance one that bans sex-change operations for children.
State Rep. Machaela Cavanaugh demanded that her colleagues withdraw the bill, saying, ““If this legislature collectively decides that legislating hate against children is our priority, I am going to make it painful — painful for everyone. I will burn the session to the ground over this bill,” the Gateway Pundit reported.
Thus far, she has succeeded in preventing the legislature from moving anything off the floor. As of Wednesday, “not a single bill will have passed.”
Instead, lawmakers have been forced to listen to Cavanaugh blabber about her “favorite Girl Scout cookies, Omaha’s best doughnuts, and the plot of the animated movie Madagascar,” according to the Associated Press.
This is not the first time Cavanaugh has used physically threatening terms to force her way on an issue. In February, she warned Republicans that, “If you want to inflict pain upon our children, I am going to inflict pain upon this body.”
The bill in question, the Let Them Grow Act, would prohibit healthcare providers and practitioners in the state from performing sexual and physical reconstruction procedures on individuals under 19 years old. It would also prohibit state funds from going toward any entity, organization, or individual that performs these procedures on minors.
Physicians that violate the law would be subject to losing their medical licenses, and minors who were violated would have the right to bring a civil lawsuit against their practitioner within two years of a procedure.
“More than 85% of kids with gender dysphoria will desist if left alone in a process called ‘watchful waiting’,” state Sen. Kathleen Kauth, the sponsor of the bill, said in a statement. “These children need therapy to deal with the coexisting mental and emotional struggles they are experiencing — not irreversible, harmful and experimental medical procedures.”