Senator Machaela Cavanaugh likens the trans bill to genocide in the Nebraska legislature
LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) — A state senator sparked an argument Wednesday when he likened transgender laws in the Nebraska legislature to genocide.
Senator Machaela Cavanaugh is into week three of her filibuster.
He wants bills that limit abortions and gender-affirming health care for transgender youth to be scrapped.
Cavanaugh then suggested that the proposed laws relating to transgender youth – Bills 574 and 575 – are a form of genocide.
LB 574, also known as the Let Them Grow Act, would ban anyone under the age of 19 from receiving such gender-altering procedures.
LB 575, also known as the Sports and Spaces Act, would bar transgender girls from participating in women’s sports.
“Words are important,” he said. “What we say here is important. Trying to deny what’s going on will not be tolerated by me. We are witnessing a genocide”.
Senator Julie Slama objected to Cavanaugh’s comments, saying these bills have nothing to do with genocide.
She then went on to censure Cavanaugh for suggesting it.
“I am beyond words right now because this is an unacceptable level of ignorance for an elected body,” Slama said.
(4/4) Today’s action is not something I take lightly, but I refuse to sit silently as Senator Cavanaugh compares a bill protecting women’s sports to the horrific mass executions of millions.
— Senator Julie Slama (@SenatorSlama) March 15, 2023
But Cavanaugh said she won’t be intimidated into stopping defending people who would be affected by the accounts.
With no end in sight for the filibuster, President John Arch said the legislature is likely not to pass as many bills this session.
He also said he won’t accept Slama’s request to censor Cavanaugh at this time.
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