Push to bar puberty-blocking drugs, medical gender-transitioning of children widens to 3 states
Republicans in three states have now either announced their intentions to or are already drafting bills that would restrict or assign criminal penalties to the practice of medically altering the biological sex of a child in pursuit of becoming the opposite sex, known as "transitioning."
In Georgia, state representative Ginny Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs) is introducing legislation making it a felony act for medical professional to assist a minor child with a gender transition.
â€śWeâ€™re talking about children that canâ€™t get a tattoo or smoke a cigar or a cigarette in the state of Georgia but can be castrated and get sterilized,â€ť Ehrhart said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
â€śThere may be some implication for the responsibility of the parent to subject the child to this sort of dangerous medical intervention,â€ť she said....
Glad to see this effort grow, but it is difficult to have the State working against parents from both sides.
If a doctor believes that gender transition therapy is in the child's best interests and the parent disagrees, the doctor can call social services to have the child removed from their home to enable treatment. And since many of these doctors apparently feel that failing to affirm a child's choice of gender can lead to serious mental health issues and suicide (rather than the mental health issues leading to gender delusion), SA has posted news articles about parents caught in the middle. Either they go with the flow or they lose their child. I hope any new laws protect parental rights to refuse such treatment for their children.