(En español aquí por La Mega Nota)
25 Republicans introduced a bill on Tuesday to prohibit individuals under age 18 from obtaining hormone treatments, puberty blockers and surgery to transition genders, even with parental consent.
Dubbed the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act, HB 454 not only prevents these types of procedures, but also:
- Prohibits medical professionals from making referrals to individuals under age 18 to any medical doctor for gender transition procedures.
- Prohibits school staff from encouraging or coercing a minor to withhold from the minor’s parent or legal guardian the fact that the minor’s perception of his or her gender is inconsistent with his or her sex.
- Forces school staff to share with a minor’s parent or legal guardian information related to the minor’s perception that his or her gender is inconsistent with his or her sex.
- Prohibits any health insurance policy or other plan providing health care coverage in Ohio from providing reimbursement for gender transition procedures for individuals under 18.
LGBTQ+ organizations in Ohio were quick to descry the legislation.
“It is reprehensible that some lawmakers continue to use trans children as pawns in their reelection schemes,” said James Knapp, chair of the Board of Directors of TransOhio. “HB 454 flies in the face of evidence-based best practices and current standards of care. TransOhio stands with trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming youth across the state. Ohio is your home, too.
Other orgs further highlighted that the bill pushes an agenda that stands contrary to the positions of medical organizations.
“This bill attempts to ban evidence-based medical treatment that is supported by medical professionals, including but not limited to the American Academy of Pediatricians, the Endocrine Society, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Psychiatric Association,” Maria Bruno, Equality Ohio’s public policy director, told cleveland.com.
Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) has condemned the efforts of her Republican colleagues.
“I am incredibly frustrated that some members of the General Assembly continue to challenge our most vulnerable children’s right to exist for a political soundbite,” Antonio said in a statement. “It is not appropriate, nor is it the General Assembly’s role to make decisions about the best interests of individual children and their families. Those decisions must be made in concert with medical experts and physicians. Frankly, it is time for the legislature to stop these unnecessary and hateful attacks on transgender youth once and for all.”
Sponsored by Representatives Gary Click (R-Vickery) and Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland), the bill is also being backed by the Center for Christian Virtue (Formerly Citizens for Community Values), a group that has served as architect for myriad other anti-LGBTQ+ legislation over the years.
“The unmitigated greed of the healthcare industry has led to countless children being mutilated and sterilized for life,” said David Mahan, Policy Director of Center for Christian Virtue.
If the bill passes, medical professionals could face disciplinary actions and the state could cut funding to any hospital, clinic or other facility that provide gender transition services to a minor. 🔥
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