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A Northern Virginia Democrat is once again looking to infringe upon the rights of parents this upcoming legislative session.

Delegate Elizabeth Guzman of Dale City plans to reintroduce legislation that  – if enacted – “would expand the state’s definition of child abuse and neglect to include parents who do not affirm their child’s gender identity or sexual orientation, ” per 7News WJLA-TV.

Guzman told 7News WJLA-TV that the job of a “mandated reporter is to inform Child Protective Services … then that’s how everybody gets involved. There’s also an investigation in place that is not only from a social worker but there’s also a police investigation before we make the decision that there is going to be a CPS charge.”

If a CPS charge was in fact made, Guzman said “it could be a felony, it could be a misdemeanor, but we know that CPS charge could harm your employment, could harm their education, because nowadays many people do a CPS database search before offering employment.”

Still, Guzman does not claim to be criminalizing parents for parenting – instead, she believes her proposed law would be telling them “the do’s and don’ts .. so this law is telling you do not abuse your children because they are LGBTQ.”

Republican Delegate Emily Brewer of Smithfield called out Guzman for wanting to make parents felons:

Loudoun County parent and Fight For Schools Executive Director Ian Prior shared the text of a 2020 bill introduced by Guzman that had the same goals. He expects the same bill to be re-introduced in 2023. He also promised to make sure that Guzman and her fellow progressive legislators heard parental opposition to their proposal.

Republican Delegate Nick Freitas of Culpeper pointed out that three of Guzman’s co-sponsors on the previously introduced bill did not hold office any longer.

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Victoria Snitsar is a proud immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen with a decade of experience in grassroots politics and community organizing. Her writing has been featured in many online publications, including Campus Reform, The Daily Torch and The Daily Signal. As an undergraduate at the University of Kansas, Victoria appeared in media outlets such as CBS News, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, The Blaze and NRATV. Victoria is also a former NCAA D1 student-athlete and Kansas College Republicans State Chair. After moving eleven times in six years, Victoria resides in Arlington, Virginia and enjoys going to overpriced brunch on Sundays.