Kentucky's House Bill 470, which would prohibit medical professionals from prescribing puberty blockers or conducting sex change operations on minors who identify as transgender, has passed the state's House and is headed for the Senate.
The legislation would "require an investigation of any report of provision of gender transition services to a person under the age of 18 years" and would also "require revocation of the provider's license if confirmed and termination of public funding for a public employee."
If the measure is passed and becomes law, then it will hold providers liable for "all damages and costs sustained for providing gender transition services." The bill passed the House with a vote of 75 to 22.
A detransitioner from Minnesota, Luka Hein, told members of the House how the medical interventions she sought out to assist with her transition have caused her permanent harm.
"I was affirmed down a path of medical intervention that I could not fully understand the long-term impacts and consequences of, nor fully consent to, due to both my age and my mental health conditions," Hein said.
Hein is not alone, as social media is filled with stories of other detransitioners who have had their lives and bodies ruined by attempts to medically transition from one sex to another.
Bill sponsor Rep. Jennifer Decker (R-Waddy) noted that the measure is intended to protect children from irreparable harm. According to Decker, "It is only when children are subjected to medicalization, hormones and life-altering surgery, that their mental health worsens."
"It is not good to start with it. It worsens with these procedures," Decker added.
While the legislation has received support in the House, it has also received criticism from several pro-transgender organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which condemned the proposed bill. HRC's State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel, Cathryn Oakley, said of the measure, "Denying transgender and non-binary youth access to best-practice are is dangerous, spiteful, and just another example of Kentucky legislators abusing their authority to achieve their own political goals."
Meanwhile, Kentucky isn't the only state taking measures to prevent minors from irreversible damage caused by sex change procedures. In Tennessee, Governor Bill Lee recently signed 2 laws that protect children from transgenderism and gender ideology. One of the laws prohibits drag shows from being performed on public property or in front of children. The second law prevents medical professionals from providing minors with puberty blockers, sex change operations, and cross-sex hormones.
While the Kentucky bill still has to clear the Senate, it is likely that it, too, will soon join Tennessee in becoming another state that protects minors from transgenderism and irreversible medical procedures that have the potential to ruin a child's life.
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