Texas Senate Passes Bill to Ban Sex-Change Surgeries for Minors

On April 27, 2021, the Texas State Senate approved SB 1646, which would ban procedures to faciliate sex changes for minors, by a vote of 18 to 12.

SB 1646, will now be kicked to the State House.

Isaiah Mitchell of The Texan reported that SB 1646 was sponsored by State Senator Charles Perry and is one of several bills to stop sex-change procedures, euphemisitcally called “gender-affirming health care,” for minors.

Perry’s bill would desiginate these procedures as child abuse and task Child Protective Services (CPS) to deal with these cases.

The passage of this bill represents a growing pressure that elected officials in Texas have felt in recent years for not doing much to score big conservative victories in the state legislature.

Similar to the historically lackadaisical efforts to fix the state’s gun laws, elected officials in Texas are beginning to get the memo, making sure to pass legislation that the grassroots demands. With nothing of substance likely to be passed at the federal level, right wing activists will have to focus their energies in state legislatures where there are many smaller, but important battles to be fought and won.

All politics is local; and any serious political movement should start locally and build its way up.