Local Republican Party seeks ban on providing gender-affirming care in Huntley District 158
The Grafton Township Republican Central Committee has passed a resolution to ask the Huntley Community School District 158 board to ban gender-affirming care in the district without parental consent.
Orville Brettman, chairman of the Grafton Township GOP, sent out a news release detailing the party's request to add the following paragraph to the school district policy:
"It shall be the policy of District 158 that written consent from a minor's parent or guardian be required before any entity, person, school clinic or school staff can provide a minor (under the age of 18 years) any non-emergency medical procedure, medication, pharmaceutical, or any gender modification procedure, gender identification counseling or gender therapy while on School District property."
However, District 158 policy already requires parents and guardians to sign and submit a form to the school granting permission for a student to take any medication at school before school staff can administer medication or supervise a student administering it to themselves.
Brettman said that his group is concerned about gender-affirming care in schools, but he didn't know of any specific cases of a student getting gender-affirming care at school.
Board members Michael Thompson and Dana Wiley, who was appointed to the board this month, are both precinct committeepersons with the Grafton Township Republicans.
Attempts to reach Wiley, who Brettman said asked the press release be forwarded to the Northwest Herald, were unsuccessful.
Thompson said he supports the resolution and doesn't think it's controversial. He added that he also hasn't heard of students receiving gender-affirming care at school, but feels the resolution is "affirming what we believe."