The list of things 15-year-olds are not legally allowed to do in Oregon is long: Drive, smoke, donate blood, get a tattoo -- even go to a tanning bed.
But, under a first-in-the-nation policy quietly enacted in January that many parents are only now finding out about, 15-year-olds are now allowed to get a sex-change operation. Many residents are stunned to learn they can do it without parental notification -- and the state will even pay for it through its Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan.
"It is trespassing on the hearts, the minds, the bodies of our children," said Lori Porter of Parents' Rights in Education. "They're our children. And for a decision, a life-altering decision like that to be done unbeknownst to a parent or guardian, it's mindboggling."
***GOP trying to repeal sanctuary laws. Well of course they should be repealed.
The killing of Kathryn Steinle at the hands of a Mexican criminal who had been repeatedly deported has prompted Republicans to call for the repeal of sanctuary laws which limit cooperation between local and federal authorities in pursing immigration cases, according to The Hill.
Critics of sanctuary laws insist that they encourage criminal activity by creating regional areas where illegal immigrants can find safe haven.
Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton introduced legislation to withhold certain federal grants from sanctuary cities after a similar idea had been approved by the House Judiciary Committee in March, The Hill reported.