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Republican State Rep. Chad Ingels called a bill that protects Iowa kids from sex-change treatments and procedures “disappointing” during debate on Wednesday. Ingels pledge to vote against the bill protecting Iowa children from experimental procedures and treatments.

Ingels said he cannot personally comprehend going through this situation as an individual. He said he does, however, have empathy for people in the situation as the father of two disabled children.

“I was raised not to judge other people,” Ingels said. “And we do a lot of judging of people in this building.”

Ingels said it is “sad” for a lot of Iowans and the issue is “nothing anybody back home” talked to him about.

Ingels, who voted against Education Savings Accounts, claimed that parents are supposed to matter — perhaps a veiled shot at Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Ingels said parents matter only until they think differently than we do.

“This isn’t the right thing to do,” Ingels said.

If the bill were narrowly tailored to surgeries, Ingels said he “might” have a different opinion because that is a “big deal.” But the bill is too broad as is, he said.

“It’s disappointing to me,” he said. “And one last thing I want the people of Iowa to know — not everybody in the (Republican Party) in this Capitol is going to vote for this bill, believes in this bill. We believe everybody should get the opportunity to be happy, live their life and that the parent should make the choice in this situation.”

Author: Jacob Hall



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