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Texas becomes largest state to ban gender-affirming care for minors

(The Hill) – Texas became the largest state to ban gender-affirming care for minors after Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed a bill on Friday.

The law, which will come into force on September 1, will: Ban Health care providers prescribe hormones and puberty inhibitors to minors and perform surgery to help them transition.

This includes exceptions for adolescents who are currently taking hormonal agents or pubertal blockers and who have attended 12 or more mental health counseling sessions in at least 6 months prior to starting treatment. But it also requires gradual removal “in a safe and medically appropriate manner.”

Health care providers convicted of breaking the law can have their licenses revoked.

With Abbott’s signature, Texas joins 18 other states banning medication and surgical gender-affirmation care for transgender minors, according to the Movement Advance Project. truck State Laws Affecting the LGBTQ Community. Arizona bans gender reassignment surgery, but bans drugs such as hormones.

Republican lawmakers across the country, especially in the past year, have lashed out at the use of gender-positive care for minors, arguing it can cause irreversible consequences at an age too young to make decisions. are doing.

Medical associations emphasize the justification of care for adults and children experiencing gender dysphoria. Proponents also argue that the ban will only harm transgender youth.

American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups pledged Last month, Mr. Abbott planned to sue to prevent the ban from taking effect if he signed the bill.

https://www.mystateline.com/news/texas-becomes-largest-state-to-ban-gender-affirming-care-for-minors/ Texas becomes largest state to ban gender-affirming care for minors

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