Transgender Birth Certificates Approved by Illinois House
Transgender Birth Certificates Approved by Illinois House
Written By David E. Smith   |   05.25.17

Last Thursday afternoon, the Illinois House debated and passed HB 1785 – a highly controversial proposal that would make it significantly easier for gender-dysphoric persons to obtain fraudulent birth certificates. This bill passed by a vote of 63-32. See the full roll-call vote below.

Six Republican lawmakers voted with fifty-seven Democrats to approve deceptive birth certificates: Steve Andersson (Geneva), “Leader” Jim Durkin (Burr Ridge), Sara Jimenez (Springfield), David Olsen (Downers Grove), Bob Pritchard (Sycamore), & Grant Wehrli (Naperville).  If one of these lawmakers represent you and your family, you may want to ask him/her why he/she voted in favor of this kind of deception.

I guess truth doesn’t matter for legal documents in Illinois.

This bill now moves to the Illinois Senate for consideration.

Take ACTION: Click HERE to send an email message to your state senator to ask him/her to reject HB 1785 and to uphold birth certificates as legal documents.

Simply put, the state of Illinois has no duty or right to make it easier for men and women who wish they were the opposite sex to falsify their birth certificates. Vote NO to HB 1785!


IFI’s Laurie Higgins wrote an article earlier this year about HB 1785. Here is a quick summary of Laurie’s take:

The absurdity and unscientific nature of the content of [H.B.—–] reveals the absurdity of the law it seeks to amend. This bill proposes to change a reference in the law from “sex change” to “change of sex designation.”

First, this change implicitly acknowledges the true fact that no one’s sex can change. Second, it demonstrates that birth certificates are being rendered meaningless. Birth certificates were intended as legal documents identifying objective birth facts. Gender-dysphoric men who were male at birth remain male. Gender-dysphoric women who were female at birth remain in perpetuity female.

“This is what our elected representatives waste their time and our taxes on,” Higgins writes, “making it ever easier for gender-dysphoric persons to pretend they are the opposite sex.”

There are many more issues related to this effort, and you can read more from Laurie Higgins here and here, and a fact-sheet titled “The Face of Gender Radicalism” here.

Again, legislators can be swamped with information — especially at this time of the year when more bills come to the floor for a vote. But your voice and action may be absolutely vital in persuading him/her to vote NO on Birth Certificate Fraud!

How did they vote?

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David  E. Smith
Dave Smith is the executive director of Illinois Family Institute (501c3) and Illinois Family Action (501c4). David has 25-plus-years of experience in public policy and grass-roots activism that includes countless interviews for numerous radio, television, cable programs and newspaper articles on topics such as the sanctity of life, natural marriage, broadcast decency, sex education, marijuana, gambling, abortion, homosexuality, tax policy, drug decriminalization and pornography. He and his wife of 26 years are blessed to be the parents of eight children. He also serves as a Republican Precinct Committeeman in his community and as an ordained minister and elder in his...
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