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"Should Texas be allowed to administer “gender-affirming care” to minors? That’s the question at the heart of Senate Bill 14 / House Bill 1686, which seeks to ban it. Proponents of the controversial practice argue that “legislatures shouldn’t be practicing medicine.” But recent testimony from pro-affirming medical professionals before the Texas legislature suggests the need for just such oversight. Delivering false or misleading testimony about minor surgery, mental health, and the evidence backing gender medicine, opponents of the ban inadvertently proved that it is justified.

Start with the question of whether “gender-affirming” surgeries are performed on minors. Last week, physician Cody Miller Pyke assured Texas state senators that “children under the age of eighteen in this country do not have gender reassignment surgery. There isn’t a single case. . . . The rhetoric of mutilating children with scalpels is just fictitious.” Louis Apel, president of the local chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Jessica Zwiener, a Houston-based endocrinologist, testified that “surgeries are not part of the standard of care for minors.” Zwiener also insisted that “[n]o one is touching these kids’ genitals. There’s not surgery done on minors.”

These physicians are wrong...."

Abigail Nobel
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According to Heritage Action, the number of states proposing such bills is now at 40/+.

Heartlander put out this detailed and well-sourced report back in March. Hot links do not copy well, but are available in the original article.

Missouri Senate Bill 49 is an essential step to protect Missouri children from ‘sex transition’ treatments

This coming week the Missouri Senate will again see floor debate on Senate Bill 49, legislation designed to protect children from dangerous cross-sex hormones and experimental surgeries.

Especially following the alarming whistleblower reports coming out of the Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, this common-sense legislation should be an easy win for Missouri families and lawmakers. Senate Democrats, however, continue to block the bill’s path forward.

While left-wing radicals continue to mischaracterize this legislation, it is first important to understand what this law would do, if enacted.

Titled the “Missouri Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act,” this bill would prohibit physicians or other health care providers from providing “sex transition” procedures to minors. The legislation also provides safeguards for medically verifiable disorders of sex development that require medical attention, an important distinction in this highly-charged political debate.

Children, barely of school age, are being subjected to a questionable diagnosis of gender dysphoria that promotes surgeries and prescriptions for cross-sex hormones that are dangerous, life-altering and permanent. This fad-driven form of medical treatment on children is cruel and oftentimes leads to a lifetime of misery, pain and untreated mental illness.

It is wrong to assume everyone advocating for these surgeries and treatments is “doing it for the children.” In fact, providing pharmaceuticals and surgery for children suffering from gender confusion or dysphoria has become a very profitable industry. The surgeries and cross-sex hormone drugs run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This is designer science, scientifically and clinically unproven, and it is being used to target confused parents and vulnerable children for political purposes and for profit. What is certain, however, is that these children will suffer from lifelong medical dependencies that enrich pharmaceutical and medical service providers with little to show in terms of patient benefit.

In reality, after a so-called “sex reassignment” surgery, girls and boys are nearly 20 times more likely to die from suicide than the general population. Up to 98% of children who struggle with their sex as a boy or a girl come to accept their biological sex by adulthood.

The long-term effects of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones have not been extensively studied. But it’s already clear they can lead to infertility and other irreversible harmful effects that must be dealt with as children mature.

The Missouri Senate is right to focus on protecting children’s health and safety, especially given the recent revelations of negligence, malfeasance, and coercion that have occurred at the Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. These so-called “transition services” that amputate or severely alter healthy body parts cause irreversible damage that impacts children for the rest of their lives.

Society does not allow minors to get tattoos, purchase cigarettes or vote in elections – we recognize that minors are not ready to make life-altering decisions. Why should children or coerced parents be permitted to allow these cross-sex hormones and surgeries unquestioningly?

Our children deserve quality care and protection from junk science. Body dysphoria, depression anxiety and the awkwardness of puberty are all real challenges that deserve compassion. But, we should not allow our children to be pushed into experimental surgeries and drugs by radical activist groups and rapacious corporations.

This is not a fringe or controversial position for Missouri legislators or citizens to take.  All across the United States, state legislatures and governors are now taking a stand to prevent this horrific abuse of minors. Laws similar to Missouri’s SAFE Act have already passed in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Utah, with other states such as Georgia and Indiana sure to follow.

Currently, at least 21 states are considering legislation.

Nationwide, parents are demanding the protection of their children from the predatory behaviors of radical school counselors and agenda-driven medical personnel. Missouri policy leaders must join this fight.

The Senate must allow the “Show Me” state to take the lead, and ensure that S.B. 49 sees whatever floor debate is required and pass it on for consideration by the House. Missouri’s kids deserve nothing less.

Abigail Nobel
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And now South Carolina, and a roundup of the issue from the Heritage Foundation.

SC Is Protecting Its Children With “Help Not Harm” Bill. More States Should Follow

Mar 14, 2024 3 min read   COMMENTARY BY Sarah Parshall Perry, Senior Legal Fellow, Meese Center
Sarah Parshall Perry is a Senior Legal Fellow for the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

After passing a Senate subcommittee just days ago, the bill now heads to the full Senate Medical Affairs Committee for a vote. Lawmakers there must show the courage of their colleagues in the House because the bill is precisely the kind of legislation that America’s children need—and need immediately.

In increasing measure, vulnerable pubescent and pre-pubescent children are being proselytized into a fictional belief that they can be “born in the wrong body.” In fact, so effective have been the influences of social media, peer pressure and pro-trans narratives in this space that UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute reports that more than 300,000 high school-aged (ages 13-17) children in the United States today identify as “transgender”—making them the largest and fastest-growing share of the overall trans-identified population in the country.

Between 2017 and 2021, the number of children in the United States taking puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones doubled. And double mastectomies performed on adolescent girls increased by nearly 400% during the same period.

These increases aren’t organic. They are a direct result of what appears to be a national social experiment targeting children who are not old enough to vote, get tattoos, buy cigarettes or enter into contracts. The federal government has been working overtime to convince the nation that these experimental procedures are “life-saving care” and that if children don’t have access to these “gender affirming” treatments, they will commit suicide.

But the support for such inflammatory rhetoric simply doesn’t exist. We’re being asked to believe that minor children possess the maturity to make life-altering medical decisions and can fully comprehend the risks of these procedures—those that include everything from incontinence to tissue death to lack of fertility, and worse.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The increase in a new cohort of the population—de-transitioners—is proof positive of the regretfully life-altering and experimental nature of these kind of “gender affirming” medical interventions. It also demonstrates that children, as easily influenced as they are, must not be used as pawns in a political play that caters to a small but vocal and well-funded minority.

This legislation isn’t hateful or bigoted. It’s a common-sense bill that protects minors when the integrity of their bodies and mental health are on the line. It’s also representative of the widespread and bipartisan support for these kinds of bans, as the majority of Americans oppose “gender affirming care” for minors.

But the tide is turning. Several European countries that once uncritically embraced “gender-affirming care” for minors have already reconsidered or reversed course as the lack of evidence supporting the safety of these procedures and increasing evidence of long-term complications surfaces. The FDA is being sued for allegedly concealing records regarding the off-label use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones on minors. Medical malpractice claims against hospital systems that rushed minor children into “gender affirming” surgeries with little to no investigation of the minor’s underlying mental health co-morbidities are on the rise.

Nearly two dozen states have already enacted laws prohibiting “gender-affirming” interventions for minors in most circumstances. Now is the time for South Carolina to join them.

This piece originally appeared in MSN



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