Oklahoma Bill Would Ban Sex-Affirmative Care For People Under 26, Could Force Some To Move Away

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As politicians in red states across the country pass one anti-trans bill after the next, they often claim that they are for the children. In Arkansas, Tennessee, Arizona, Alabama, and Florida, for example, where several bans on same-sex care for minors have been overturned, lawmakers have argued that people under 18 is simply too young to make decisions about their own bodies. , arguing that there are laws and regulations that prevent them from doing so in their own interest. Arguments like these allow elected officials to suggest that they are not anti-transgender, that they believe trans adults should be free to live as they choose , and that, again, this is about looking out for children who are not yet mature. make big life decisions. Unfortunately, that argument is extremely hard to believe for many reasons, including the fact that several states are trying to limit sex-affirming care to adults; for example, Oklahoma, which took a new stab at it last night.

Late Wednesday, Oklahoma state senator David Bullard has introduced a bill that would bar anyone under the age of 26 – a full eight years beyond the widely accepted age for adulthood – from accessing gender-affirming medical care . OK SB129, known as the Millstone Act of 2023, would make it feasible for health care providers to provide — or even just recommend — such care. He also faces the threat of revoking his medical license over “unprofessional behavior.” In addition to surgery, the list of prohibited treatments includes puberty blockers and hormones. The bill also prohibits public funds from being used “directly or indirectly” for gender-affirming care and prevents Medicaid from covering gender reassignment procedures. As an activist Erin Reed notes, the way the bill is written suggests that people under the age of 26 who are currently receiving sex-affirming care would not be able to do so, so they could have the compulsion to “medically relocate.”

A separate Oklahoma bill filed in December would prohibit health care professionals from providing a “gender transition procedure” to anyone under 21, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Not surprisingly, Bullard also authored the Oklahoma law that banned transgender children from using school bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity (the ACLU currently challenging that law).

As The Hill reported last month that “at least 20 bills aimed at transgender medical care have been predicted in at least nine states” to be passed this year. In November, the Florida Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine voted to ban minors from receiving gender-affirming medical care, and the Florida Department of Health – in an official state directive – said last April that they should not allow children who identify as transgender. dress or use names or names that match their gender identity. In case you were wondering about the depth of the evil here.

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