–Rep. Stephenie Scialabba (R-Butler) issued the following statement regarding her “no” vote on House Bill 300
“I believe in equal rights for all, which is already protected under law. This legislation is not what it purports to be.
“It introduces gender ideology to school children, requires shared locker rooms, erases women’s sports and hijacks the practice of medicine.
“During the House Judiciary Committee meeting on this subject, Democrat Rep. Emily Kinkead of Allegheny County admitted that doctors would face repercussions if they don’t perform sex reassignment surgeries. She said the following:
“When we talk about, ‘Are physicians going to be required to do x, y, z?’ Yes! If it does no harm, if it in fact helps people. And when we deny gender-affirming care to people who do not identify with the gender that they were assigned at birth, that is causing harm and absolutely we should be holding the doctors accountable who will deny life-saving care to people.”
“We should be for equal rights, not special rights.”