The amendment, known as House Bill 4876, was put forward by Democrat Rep. Anne Stava-Murray and seeks to modify the state's Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
Under the proposed amendment, parents who prevent their child from undergoing sex change surgeries could be charged with child abuse and face imprisonment. The bill also expands the definition of child abuse to include parents who deny their child access to medical care, such as primary care services, abortion services, or gender-affirming services.
Furthermore, the amendment makes changes to the state's Consent by Minors to Health Care Services Act. It states that consent to abortion services and gender-affirming services performed by a minor would not be voidable due to their age. In other words, minors would be able to seek out these services without parental consent, and healthcare providers would not face disciplinary action for performing them.
The bill also provides protection for healthcare professionals who rely in good faith on representations made by the minor.
It states that healthcare providers who perform abortion services and gender-affirming services without obtaining valid consent would not be held liable for civil or criminal penalties.
If convicted of child abuse under the proposed amendment, individuals could face up to 15 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000, in accordance with state law.
The amendment has sparked controversy and debate, with critics arguing that it infringes upon parental rights and raises concerns about the long-term consequences of irreversible medical procedures on minors. Proponents, on the other hand, argue that it is necessary to protect the rights and well-being of transgender youth.
The proposed amendment will now undergo further review and consideration by the Illinois legislature.