Spanberger faces showdown over criminalizing parents who don't embrace child's transgender identity

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Rep. Abigail Spanberger is under fire after campaigning with a fellow Democrat who wants criminal charges against Virginia parents who don’t support their child’s transgender identity or sexual orientation.

Ms. Spanberger, who is locked in a tough reelection bout in Virginia against Republican Yesli Vega, hit the campaign trail with state Del. Elizabeth Guzman this week. Ms. Guzman is spearheading legislation to expand Virginia’s definition of child abuse and neglect to include parents who don’t affirm their child’s gender identity or sexual orientation.

Republicans said the association with Ms. Guzman revealed Ms. Spanberger to be a “woke” radical.

“Abigail Spanberger is campaigning with woke radicals that don’t believe in parental rights and want parents jailed because Spanberger agrees with these insane policies,” said Camille Gallo, spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

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