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Utah Governor Spencer Cox has signed The Transgender Medical Treatment and Procedures bill, SB 16, into law. The bill bans puberty blockers, hormones, and surgical sex change procedures for minors and will prohibit anyone under 18 from obtaining the procedures "for the purpose of effectuating a sex change."
In a statement, Governor Cox said, "Legislation that impacts our most vulnerable youth requires careful consideration and deliberation. While not a perfect bill, we are gratefu for Sen. Kennedy's more nuanced and thoughtful approach to this terribly divisive issue. More and more experts, states and countries around the world are pausing these permanent and life-altering treatments for new patients until more and better research can help determine the long-term consequences."
Cox added, "we will continue to push the Legislature for additional resources to organizations that work to help this important Utah community. While we understand our words will be of little comfort to those who disagree with us, we sincerely hope that we can treat our transgender families with more love and respect s we work to better understand the science and consequences behind these procedures."
According to a report from The Hill the measure "also will require medical providers, starting July 1, to consider whether alternative medical treatments to gender-affirming care would provide a minor with the 'best long-term outcome.' It will also require themt o identify and document any phsyical or mental health condition and consider if treating those conditions before provideing the care will give them the best outcome."
The report concluded, "Starting Jan. 1 of next year, the law will consider providing hormonal treatment to a transgender youth without a proper certification to be 'unprofessional conduct. Doctors will be be abel to receive the certification after completing 40 hours of 'education' related to transgender health care from an approved organization."
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