UPDATE 02/23/2023 – passed in the house as amended with amendment 2, Referred to the Senate. See senate sponsors. DIGEST OF HB 1407 (Updated February 21, 2023 2:46 pm PDF file: HB1407.03.ENGH-passed-house
UPDATE 02/13/2023 – this bill passed out of committee and will appear before the full house.
House Bill 1407 Disallows state entities to remove psychologically or physically abused transgender children from abusive parental care. Allows non-custodial parents the right to interfere with custodial parents rights to child care if child is transgender.
Parental rights. Provides that the state of Indiana, a political subdivision or other governmental entity of the state of Indiana, a government official, or any other person acting under the color of law shall not infringe on the fundamental right of a parent to direct the upbringing, education, health care, and mental health of the parent’s child without demonstrating that the infringement: (1) is required by a compelling governmental interest of the highest order as long recognized in the history and traditions of the state of Indiana; and (2) as applied to the child, is narrowly tailored and not otherwise served by a less restrictive means. Creates a right of action for violation of a parent’s rights with respect to the upbringing, education, and health care of the parent’s child. Provides that a child is not a child in need of services due to the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian: (1) referring to and raising the child consistent with the child’s biological sex; or (2) declining to consent to the child receiving: (A) specified medication; (B) a medical procedure the purpose of which is to alter the apparent gender or sex of the child or affirm the child’s perception of the child’s gender or sex in a manner inconsistent with the child’s biological sex; or (C) counseling or other mental health services the purpose of which is to affirm the child’s perception of the child’s gender or sex if the child’s perception is inconsistent with the child’s biological sex. Provides that a juvenile court may not enter a dispositional decree ordering removal of a child from the home of the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian if: (1) the juvenile court has found the child to be a child in need of services under a specified statutory definition of a child in need of services; and (2) the parent, guardian, or custodian of the child: (A) is a fit parent, guardian, or custodian of the child; and (B) does not consent to the child being removed from the child’s home.
Actions for House Bill 1407
H 02/23/2023 Referred to the Senate
H 02/22/2023 Senate sponsors: Senators Freeman, Donato, Raatz
H 02/22/2023 Third reading: passed; Roll Call 199: yeas 58, nays 33 – PDF file of Roll Call: HB1407.199_H-roll-call
H 02/21/2023 Amendment #2 (Jeter) prevailed; voice vote – PDF file of amendment: HB1407.02.COMH.AMH002
H 02/21/2023 Second reading: amended, ordered engrossed
H 02/20/2023 Placed back on second reading
H 02/16/2023 Second reading: ordered engrossed
H 02/13/2023 Passed out of committee
H 02/06/2023 Representative Patterson L added as coauthor
H 01/31/2023 Representative Heaton added as coauthor
H 01/31/2023 Representative Jeter C added as coauthor
H 01/17/2023 First reading: referred to Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs
H 01/17/2023 Authored by Representative DeVon
Link to PDF File of Introduced Bill: HB1407.01.INTR
Link to PDF File of 2nd Amendment passed: HB1407.02.COMH.AMH002
Link to PDF File of Roll Call Vote: HB1407.199_H-roll-call
Link to PDF File of Senate Version:
Source: Indy Star – February 10, 2023
House committee OKs bill seen as anti-transgender targeting DCS care
Source: Herald Bulletin – February 12, 2023
GOP advances ‘parental rights’ bill targeting DCS policies for transgender children
Source: WTHR – February 17, 2023
Faith leaders condemn Indiana bills they say are hateful to trans youth
Source: TheStatehouseFile.com – Feb 21, 2023
‘Parental rights’ bill concerning gender identity in kids sees second reading in House
Source: Indiana Capitol Chronicle – February 23, 2023
House passes bill supporting parents in transgender DCS cases
DCS told the Capital Chronicle that it does not open cases solely because parents don’t support transitions.
In Cox’s case, DCS removed the child after reports of the parents verbally abusing the child and refusing to treat the child’s eating disorder. An October ruling from the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed DCS’ actions.
“The Parents have the right to exercise their religious beliefs, but they do not have the right to exercise them in a manner that causes physical or emotional harm to Child,” the court ruled.