• Tue. Nov 22nd, 2022

Majority of Americans support banning medical treatment for trans youth

ByMadeleine J. Pierce

Oct 24, 2022
Photo: Alexander Gray via Unsplash

A majority of Americans say they believe young people who identify as transgender should be forced to wait until adulthood before they are legally allowed to use puberty blockers or receive other treatments gender-affirming healthcare providers, according to a new survey.

The poll was conducted by Convention of States Action, a right-wing group seeking a new constitutional convention to pass various amendments limiting government spending and actions, in conjunction with the Trafalgar Group, a conservative polling organization.

The poll polled more than 1,000 likely voters from Oct. 8-11, asking them about a variety of national issues, including whether “underage minors should be required to wait until they are adults to legally use puberty blockers and undergo permanent sex reassignment procedures. ”

Given the biased language used in the survey regarding “permanent sex reassignment procedures,” which may have biased some of the survey responses, the survey found that an overwhelming majority – 78.7% – of Americans likely to Voting in this year’s midterm reviews supports the idea of ​​banning gender-affirming treatments for transgender minors.

Republicans are the most likely to support requiring minors to wait before receiving such care, with 96.8% supporting the idea of ​​delaying gender-affirming treatments. Among independents, 84.6% support postponing these treatments, with just 15.4% saying minors should not be forced to wait. Even a majority of Democrats, 53.2 percent, support mandated waiting periods rather than not waiting to receive such treatments.

Mark Meckler, president of the States Convention, told the right-wing outlet The central square that the poll shows that Americans do not support “the idea that young people have to be 16 to drive, 18 to vote and 21 to drink, and yet can undergo life-changing medical procedures in college… “

The poll comes amid a wave of Republican lawmakers in various states proposing laws barring trans-identified minors from accessing gender-affirming treatments, including puberty blockers, hormones and surgery.

A Utah legislative committee introduced a bill to restrict access to these treatments after passing a resolution calling for a ban and deeming transition-related health care ‘harmful and irreversible’ . In Oklahoma, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill earlier this month to block the University of Oklahoma Medical Center from using COVID-19 relief fund facilities that provide treatment. affirming gender to young people.

Bans on gender-affirming care have been passed in Arkansas and Alabama, Arizona restricting only surgery for minors, and lawmakers in Tennessee, Michigan and Texas are considering similar legislation to prevent minors to access such treatment, the latter state launching “child abuse”. » Investigations of parents suspected of allowing their underage children to receive puberty blockers or hormones.

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health, a transgender health association considered the leading expert on transition-related procedures, recently launched puberty blockers or hormones up to age 14, with some surgeries starting as young as 15.

Opponents of Arkansas-style bans on gender-affirming care argue that a one-size-fits-all approach does not consider each patient’s medical needs or circumstances. They also argue that launching investigations or prosecuting the parents of transgender youth violates parental rights — which has generally been an issue trumpeted by GOP politicians, but only when parents appear to hold conservative views on the issues. social, raising accusations of hypocrisy.

Dylan Brandt, a 17-year-old transgender minor who is one of four plaintiffs suing to block the enforcement of the Arkansas ban, recently testified in court that being allowed access to treatment of testosterone as a minor made him feel more comfortable in his own body and reduced his feelings of gender dysphoria, according to the Arkansas defender.

“My exterior finally matches how I feel on the inside,” Brandt said. “I can look in the mirror and be okay with how I look, and it feels good.”