A growing number of medical professionals and leftist politicians are in favor of allowing minors to receive hormone therapy or surgery under the guise of “gender-affirming care” for children who believe they are transgender.
Many conservatives, on the other hand, believe such treatments should be off limits for anyone under 18 — and one Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill that would make it a felony to perform them.
According to the legislation proposed by U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Friday, providers who perform the prohibited treatments would be guilty of a Class C Felony and could spend as much as 25 years behind bars.
Furthermore, the “Protect Children’s Innocence Act” would allow anyone who received gender reassignment services as a minor would be permitted to file a lawsuit against the provider.
Under my Protect Children’s Innocence Act, anyone involved in acts of physical mutilation to minors under 18 will be guilty of a felony and can go to jail.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) August 19, 2022
Greene’s proposal outlines a number of procedures that would be illegal if the bill were to become law, including certain types of plastic surgery, hormone replacement, or the removal of specific organs in order to alter the perceived gender of a minor patient. Exceptions would apply to children with a recognized disorder, illness, or injury other than gender dysphoria.
The bill also seeks to prohibit the federal government from funding gender reassignment treatments and would ban colleges from teaching how to perform them.
During a recent Fox News Channel interview, the Georgia Republican elaborated on her motivation to induce the bill.
“This is actually an assault and it’s child abuse,” she said of the procedures. “This practice should never happen; it’s so disgusting and appalling and it’s an embarrassment to our country.”
A dozen current GOP lawmakers and two Senate candidates have expressed support for her bill.
The proposal came amid a growing number of so-called “detransitioners,” including teens and young adults who regret receiving gender reassignment procedures as children. A 17-year-old girl spoke to the New York Post earlier this year about her experience, which included puberty blockers and testosterone treatment at the age of 13 and a double mastectomy two years later.
“I was failed by the system,” Chloe said. “I literally lost organs.”
She is now living as a girl again and is determined to share her experience to help others avoid similar pain, explaining: “I can’t stay quiet. I need to do something about this and to share my own cautionary tale.”