RALEIGH, NC – Three North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Monday introduced a bill that would bar doctors from performing sex confirmation surgery for transgender people under the age of 21.
The legislation follows a national trend of GOP-controlled state legislatures seeking to limit treatment for transgender adolescents. Unlike other states, however, North Carolina would classify adults between the ages of 18 and 21 as minors under the Youth Health Protection Act.
Healthcare professionals who facilitate a transgender person’s desire to present or appear in a way incompatible with their biological sex could have their license revoked and face civil fines of up to $ 1,000 per event . The measure prevents doctors from providing sex-confirming hormone therapy, puberty blockers, or surgery.
Senate Bill 514 would also require officials to immediately notify parents in writing if their child displays a “gender nonconformity” or expresses a desire to be treated in a manner inconsistent with the sex they have been given. assigned at birth. LGBTQ advocates fear the bill will exclude people under the age of 21 who tell state employees they may be transgender.
“Transgender youth have the best chance to thrive when they are supported and confirmed, not singled out and denied critical care supported by virtually all major health authorities,” said Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director of the Southern Equality Campaign, adding that “a person’s gender identity should not limit their ability to access health care or to be treated with dignity and respect”.
Republican State Senator Ralph Hise, who represents parts of western North Carolina and drafted the bill, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. GOP Meaning. Warren Daniel and Norman Sanderson, who represent the western and coastal areas of the state respectively, also support the proposal.
On Monday in Arkansas, Republican state governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed a bill that would have made his state the first in the country to ban sex-confirming treatment or surgery for women. transgender youth under the age of 18.
The proposal in North Carolina will almost certainly not become law, despite GOP majorities in both State House and the Senate. Senate Leader Phil Berger was not immediately available for comment on whether he supported the measure and wanted it passed to Democratic Governor Roy Cooper.
North Carolina Democrats last week unveiled a legislative package aimed at giving LGBTQ residents better legal protection. Among the proposed bills was the complete repeal of House Bill 2, the state’s so-called “toilet bill” which was passed in 2016 and partially repealed a year later. State lawmakers have also pushed to ban gay conversion therapy practices. The bill introduced on Monday by the three GOP senators would not allow state or licensing boards to punish people who provide therapy in accordance with their conscience or religious beliefs.
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