A new state law in California could incentivize “bad actors” from around the world to skirt custodial laws by relocating to the Golden State, a conservative legal group claims.
“We think it’s a drastic overreach by California,” Emilie Kao, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), told Fox News Digital. “Not only does it violate parents’ fundamental rights to direct the upbringing of their children, it also violates federal law on child custody and jurisdiction because it basically supersedes the federal law that gives jurisdiction to states on child custody matters.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom last week signed SB 107, which will block state officials from enforcing laws from other states that hinder access to transgender medical procedures and drugs.
“With this law, California is basically saying it can take temporary emergency jurisdiction over any child from anywhere if there’s a disagreement between a parent and the state of California over how to treat a child’s gender distress,” said Kao, whose organization was one of 50 groups that sent a letter of protest to Newsom over SB 107.