At least eight states are currently deliberating bills that, if passed, would outlaw transgender minors’ access to gender-affirming medical treatments, reports Axios.
The bills go against established best medical practices shown to improve mental health and quality of life — including puberty blockers, hormone therapies and surgeries.
- For kids experiencing gender dysphoria — frequently endured by transgender people — puberty blockers can reduce depression and anxiety, improve social interactions with other kids, reduce thoughts related to self-harm and eliminate the need for future surgeries, per Mayo Clinic.
- Gender-affirming surgery can lead to long-term mental health benefits, researchers promoted by the American Journal of Psychiatry found.
South Dakota, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Missouri, Colorado, Illinois and Kentucky are pushing bills that would make administering gender-related treatments a criminal offense or an act of unprofessional conduct subject to loss of medical license.
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