SD and Fla Republicans take a stand with new bills aimed at banning gender altering ‘health care’ for children

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With the hard left maneuvering to declare sex reassignment treatment for minors  “medically necessary,” some Republicans are throwing caution to the wind when it comes to stirring the LGBTQ community and allowing common sense to prevail.

A state Republican in South Dakota introduced a bill this week that would make it a felony for doctors to provide what is being described as “transgender health care” to minors, NBC News reported.

Transgender-specific treatment such as puberty blockers and gender reassignment surgeries are included in the measure, as we see more and more parents project their progressive view of gender being a social construct onto their children.

State Rep. Fred Deutsch said his proposal, which has more than 40 co-sponsors, is a way to hit the “pause button” on an “overwhelming and life-changing” decision.

“Children need to wait until they’re mature to do it,” Deutsch said of gender altering therapy, according to NBC News.

The lawmaker compared his measure to other ways children are protected.

“They can’t smoke, they can’t drink, they can’t gamble, etc., because we don’t believe they’re mature enough to make those decisions, I believe a child is not mature enough to make decisions about sterilization and mutilation that will affect them for the remainder of their lives,” Deutsch told KOTA-TV.

Much like Democrats do when it comes to abortions.

When it comes to restricting what children can do with their bodies, Democrats like state Rep. Kelly Sullivan fall back on the argument used with abortion, saying that it interferes in the doctor-patient relationship, and that doctors, patients and families should make decisions for treatment.

Florida has introduced similar legislation, submitting a bill this week that “would ban gender-affirming health care for transgender children,” NBC News reported. The bill would imprison doctors for as long as 15 years for providing minors with certain gender transition-related medical care.

This was one of four bills GOP state lawmakers introduced this week in Florida– bills immediately tagged by the liberal media as “anti-LGBTQ.”

(This being a familiar tactic employed with much success against places like Chick-fil-A and the Salvation Army.)

The other bills would repeal local ordinances protecting LGBTQ workers, and legalize gay conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is banned in more than a dozen states.

Jon Harris Maurer, public policy director for the gay advocacy group Equality Florida denounced the bills in a release for being part of an “overtly anti-LGBTQ agenda.”

“This is the most overtly anti-LGBTQ agenda from the Florida Legislature in recent memory,” Maurer said. “It runs the gamut from openly hostile legislation that would arrest and imprison doctors for providing medically necessary care, to legislation that would carelessly erase critical local LGBTQ protections.”

Gina Duncan, who was born a man and transitioned into a woman in 2006, is the group’s director of transgender equality and claimed the legislation banning gender reassignment surgeries and hormone therapies to children “can be life-threatening.”

“Transgender youth are some of the most at-risk in our community. It is outrageous that conservative legislators would threaten their health and safety,” the director said. “Medical professionals, not politicians, should decide what medical care is in the best interest of a patient. Forcing a doctor to deny best practice medical care and deny support to transgender youth can be life-threatening.”

State Sen. Dennis Baxley, who introduced the Vulnerable Child Protection Act along with state Rep. Anthony Sabatini, echoed the stance taken by Rep. Duetsch in South Dakota.

“During adolescence, they’re trying on all kinds of things when they’re in middle school and high school trying to figure life out,” he said, according to ABC News. “But I’m very concerned about protecting children from medical procedures that could be damaging to them physically.”

“There’s a lot of people that have transgender lives that don’t undergo surgeries that permanently change their physical makeup,” Baxley added. “Let them make these life decisions as they become adults.”

The concern about parents disagreeing in the courts over the treatment of a child was also a factor for the GOP lawmaker.

“We’re seeing some prominent lawsuits, particularly with divided husbands and wives, about what’s to be done regarding the child’s care,” he said. “And obviously, if they are going to court, I think we need to do some kind of policy clarification on what’s appropriate.”


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