One of the nation’s leading family rights organizations issued a travel advisory for Minnesota this week, saying the state’s Democratic leadership is passing laws “aimed at overriding parental rights.”
The American Principles Project (APP) warned families considering travel to Minnesota or California that both states have passed laws that could result in “out-of-state parents losing custody of their children.”
“These laws give state family courts the power to take temporary emergency jurisdiction over a minor coming into the state to access sex-change drugs or surgical procedures,” APP warned.
Gov. Tim Walz signed a “trans refuge” bill into law in April that is designed to ease travel to Minnesota for children who live in states where sex-change procedures or drugs are banned for minors.
Minnesota attorney Robert Roby, who has worked in the family court system for 30 years, said Democrats are “anticipating that people will bring kids into the state for this kind of treatment.”
“The only way that they could do that without interference by the parents is to create this ‘emergency custody’ situation,” he said.
APP President Terry Schilling said parents traveling to Minnesota or California with their children “run a very real risk of having their families ripped apart.”
“It is frightening, and enraging, to think such anti-family policies have taken hold here in the United States,” he said. “Until the terrible laws enabling this abuse are nullified or repealed, parents need to be aware of these risks and plan accordingly.”
Schilling urged other pro-family Americans to join him in “working to overturn these horrific policies.”
“And we especially urge federal legislators to take action to rein in the attempts of these rogue states to break apart families nationwide,” he said. “The family is the bedrock of our society, and we will not flourish as a nation until the preeminence of the family is once again recognized throughout our law.”
Meanwhile, the NAACP and Human Rights Campaign have issued travel advisories for Florida, claiming the state is “openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called the advisories a “total farce” during his presidential campaign launch Wednesday.
“If you look at cities like Baltimore and Chicago, you got kids more likely to get shot than to receive a first class education,” he said. “Yet I don’t see the NAACP batting an eye about all the carnage that’s happening in those areas. So this is a political stunt. These left-wing groups have been doing it for many, many years. And they are colluding with legacy media to try to manufacture a narrative.”