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Governor Cooper Vetoes Bills Protecting Children and Families

Updated: Aug 10, 2023

By: Sloan Rachmuth


  • Democrat Roy Cooper Governor vetoed three bills to prevent the classroom-to-operating room pipeline.

  • The bills include the Parental Rights Act, Youth Protection Act, and Fairness in Women's and Girls' Sports Act.

  • The Parental Rights Act protects children from government intrusion and unwanted psychiatric diagnoses.

  • The Fairness in Women's and Girls' Sports Act seeks to preserve women's rights in athletic competitions.

  • The Youth Protection Act aims to prevent predatory practices and protect children from irreversible procedures.

  • It is clear that the Democrats' agenda opposes family rights and prioritizes control over individual liberties.


Democratic governor Roy Cooper has vetoed a trio of bills that aim to protect families from government overreach and protect the rights of girls and women.


One of these bills is the Women in Sports Act, which would allow girls and women to have their own sports teams in middle school, high school, and college. Cooper believes that politics should not play a role in sports and vetoed the bill, disregarding the rights of women and girls. The Fairness in Girls & Women in Sports Act is a crucial piece of legislation that provides equal opportunities for girls and women in sports. By allowing them to have their own teams, it ensures that they have a level playing field and can compete against each other without unfair advantages. However, Governor Cooper's veto goes against the interests of these female athletes, as he fails to recognize the importance of providing them with the same opportunities as their male counterparts. Another bill that Cooper vetoed is the Parental Rights Act, which aims to protect children from sexual politics in the classroom. The bill covers kindergarten to fourth grade, ensuring that teachers and counselors do not bring sexual politics into their lessons.


Additionally, the bill includes an opt-in requirement for surveys that ask invasive questions about a child's sexual practices and family background.


The bill also mandates parental consent for healthcare providers treating or observing children. Cooper's veto goes against the interests of parents and aligns with the wishes of the teacher's union. Parents have the right to protect their children from any form of sexual politics in the classroom.


By vetoing the Parental Rights Act, Governor Cooper undermines the right of parents to be involved in their child's education and decision-making process. It is essential for parents to have the final say in matters concerning their children's health and well-being, and this bill would have ensured their voices are heard. Lastly, Cooper vetoed the Youth Protection Act, which seeks to protect children from predatory practices in "gender-affirming care" ie. child mutilation. The bill prevents minors from receiving puberty blockers, hormones, and surgeries, and aims to treat gender confusion through alternative therapies. Despite the bill's reasonable provisions, Cooper vetoed it, causing outrage among those who support the protection of minors. Protecting the well-being of minors is of utmost importance. The Youth Protection Act offers a well-rounded approach to addressing gender confusion in minors, ensuring that they receive appropriate care and treatment.


By vetoing this bill, Governor Cooper puts the interests of radical, fringe groups above the safety and welfare of vulnerable minors. Despite these setbacks, the Governor's vetoes will be overridden. Republicans have the votes to override the vetoes. The vetoes will be addressed next week and possibly overturned.

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