Several States are Taking Action Against Child Sex Changes
As 2022 comes to a close, 7 states have implemented measures to clamp down on childhood sex change procedures that span social transitions to surgeries as concerns grow about these controversial procedures’ effectiveness and safety.
Laurel Duggan of The Daily Caller observed that “The gender transition process for minors can include socially transitioning through a new name and pronouns of the opposite sex, as well as through medical interventions like puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and various surgeries, all of which are legal for children in most U.S. states.”
A select few Republican states have taken steps to prohibit some or all of these procedures for minors. They argue that while the majority of adolescents are able to overcome their gender dysphoria once they become adults, the medical interventions they are subjected to are irreversible.
In 2022, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas banned medical transitions for minors.
“We have seen a dangerous mix of politics and medicine from doctors in the Biden Administration and many of our medical societies across the United States,” Brock Juarez, deputy chief of staff of the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration, said to the Daily Caller News Foundation. “They have often traded their oath to do no harm in exchange for political gain. It has quickly become imperative for states like Florida to step up and ensure our health care system is focused on the actual evidence for treatment, rather than relying solely on the eminence of a medical society or association.”
Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spearheaded a government campaign to restrict the procedures for minors back in June, and the Florida Board of Medicine officially banned the procedures in October.
“The scientific evidence supporting these complex medical interventions is extraordinarily weak,” a letter from the Florida Department of Health outlined. “The current standards set by numerous professional organizations appear to follow a preferred political ideology instead of the highest level of generally accepted medical science. Florida must do more to protect children from politics-based medicine. Otherwise, children and adolescents in our state will continue to face a substantial risk of long-term harm.”
Back on March 31, 2022, Arizona prohibited cross-sex medical procedures for minors in addition to male participation in girls’ sports.
Alabama banned child sex change procedures for children, which includes medications and surgeries, and threatened to imprison doctors who violate the ban.
In August 2021, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services officially deemed child sex change procedures as child abuse. On top of that, investigations into parents for engaging in potential child abuse over their children being transitioned began in February 2022.
Tennessee state lawmakers put pressure on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center into halting all transgender surgeries for minors after the release of a damning report on the organization’s pediatric gender clinic. In light of this development, state Republicans are pushing the envelope by putting forward a plan to introduce legislation prohibiting cross-sex procedures for children in the upcoming legislative session.
Similarly, Republican elected officials in South Carolina butted heads with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)’s pediatric gender program, which generated controversy after a report in September demonstrated that MUSC’s pediatric endocrinology unit was providing transgender treatments to patients in the age range of 4 to 18.
After major outrage, state Republicans were able to tack on an amendment to South Carolina’s July budget which temporarily blocked state funding from covering gender transition procedures at the hospital. Currently, MUSC is no longer providing
transgender hormonal interventions to minors. In addition, the state officials are floating the idea of putting forward legislation that would permanently ban minors from receiving gender transitions.
In sum, more Republican states are growing a pair when it comes to tackling degeneracy. When dealing with demented individuals of the cultural Left, persuasion is not the answer. These people only speak the language of force, which makes stopping their degenerate activity a question of using prudential government action when they step out of line.
It’s high time for Republicans to stop the endless debate and start legislating instead.