• Thu. Aug 11th, 2022

Bill would ban gender-bridging medical treatment for Ohio children

Children under the age of 18 would not be allowed to receive medical treatment for gender transition if a new Ohio bill passes. Representative Gary Click (R-Vickery) is a co-sponsor of the legislation. Right now, he says hormone blockers, surgeries and other medical treatments to prevent puberty are being applied to children with gender dysphoria.

“A lot of these kids are growing up and feeling like they’ve made a mistake as they get older when puberty is really the natural cure for it,” Click explains.

Democratic State Senator Nickie Antonio said decisions about this type of treatment should be left to the child, their parents and medical professionals.

“It is the legislator, once again, trying to usurp the advice of doctors with their patients and to get into something personal, private and that is not the business of the General Assembly,” Antonio said.

The bill would ban medical professionals from providing hormones, puberty blockers and surgeries to children in transition, even if parents approve of these treatments. Doctors and hospitals providing these treatments say it is necessary for some children, but Aaron Baer, ​​president of the Center for Christian Virtue, thinks otherwise.

“Hospitals are the worst offenders in this situation. Their greed drives them to do things that are terrible for the well-being of children, terrible for their health, the long term effects of which they do not know and they lie to parents. “, says Baer.

But Maria Bruno of Equality Ohio says the bill goes against the advice of leading medical organizations like the American Academy of Pediatricians and the American Psychiatric Association.

“It’s cruel and it’s going to hurt transgender children,” Bruno said.

This is the third time that a bill limiting transitional treatment for children has been introduced in Ohio. A similar bill was passed in Arkansas earlier this year and has been suspended in federal court.

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