Nebraska State Senator Machaela Cavanaugh (D) caused a stir during a recent legislative session when she passionately expressed her opposition to a bill that bans controversial transgender medical procedures for minors. The bill, passed by a 33-15 vote in the legislature, also places limitations on hormone therapy and puberty blockers for individuals under the age of 19. As the bill made its way to Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen’s (R) desk, Cavanaugh’s emotional outburst attracted attention from both supporters and critics.
During the session, Senator Cavanaugh’s frustration reached a boiling point, and she erupted into a chant, repeatedly shouting, “We need trans people! We love trans people! Trans people belong here!” Some lawmakers were visibly displeased by the outburst and chose to walk out of the room in response.
In her impassioned speech, Senator Cavanaugh directed her criticism toward Republican lawmakers who had voted in favor of the bill. She also highlighted that the legislation included provisions regarding the protection of unborn babies, effectively banning abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. It is worth noting that the bill does contain exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.
Senator Cavanaugh urged her fellow legislators to consider the impact of their votes and the consequences it would have on the rights of individuals affected by the ban. She emphasized that young people are actively reaching out to express their concerns, and urged her colleagues to reflect on the role they were playing in shaping history.
As the bill awaits the governor’s decision, the controversy surrounding it continues to generate debates and discussions among lawmakers and the public alike. It remains to be seen how the governor will respond to the bill and the arguments presented by both its supporters and opponents.
Crazy @senatormachaela screaming, crying, singing that ‘trans people belong here’. Resorting to extreme displays is a typical leftist tactic. Opposing irreversible procedures like mutilation, sterilization, and castration on children doesn’t signify hate towards trans people.… pic.twitter.com/gghL0Z96Mz
— Nebraska Freedom Coalition (@NebraskaFreedom) May 19, 2023