Despite protests and stiff opposition from Democrats on Capitol Hill this month, the Texas Legislature voted Wednesday to pass a bill banning hormone- and puberty-blocking treatments as well as surgery for transgender children.
The state appears determined to become the largest state to ban transitional care for minors.
The final version of the bill included a limited exemption for transgender children who were already receiving medical treatment prior to the law’s passage, although it also required those patients to “stop taking medication” for an unspecified period of time. was needed.
The proposal may prohibit a doctor from performing a mastectomy or surgery that can sterilize a child or remove healthy tissue or parts of a child’s body, or prescribe drugs that can cause temporary or permanent infertility. Is.
Now it will be sent to the governor for signature to make it a law.
The legislation was one of several bills seeking to regulate the lives of transgender people that has been considered by the Republican-dominated Legislature this year: the State House passed a measure requiring public college athletes to compete based on the sex they are listed in. Voted on Wednesday to move forward. Your birth certificate at the time of your birth.
The legislation, known as Senate Proposition 14, is one of the most volatile measures of the state’s biennial legislative session, drawing protests from transgender Texans and their supporters on Capitol Hill this month.
State police arrested two people amid protests during a discussion of the document in the Texas House.
Opponents in the House twice delayed voting on the procedural resolution before it finally passed and returned to the Senate, where it passed last month.
Even before the law was passed, Texas officials took steps to prevent transgender children from accessing transitional medical treatment.
Last year, Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, directed the state child protection agency to investigate parents for child abuse if their children were receiving such treatment.