Transgender bills could criminalize health care services
Bills moving through the Missouri and Kansas legislatures would criminalize some health care services and limit access to sports for transgender youth.
advocates in the l g B T Q community say these bills will do nothing but hurt transgender Children with lawmakers who introduced these bills say they want to protect kids. Kansas House Bill 22 10 and Missouri House Bill 33 would make it a crime for doctors to perform any gender reassignment procedures or surgeries for transgender kids under 18. This includes puberty, blockers and hormone therapy, although gender reassignment surgeries are widely restricted to people over 18, Missouri's bill even goes after parents who helped their kids undergo these medical procedures requiring they be reported to Children's services here. And we're doing everything that we can to make sure that they are supported by their parents, um, by the adults in their lives. And I know that there is a much larger support system for them than these bills that are set to attack them. Promo Missouri A, L G B T Q rights group and the A C L. U went to protest House Bill 33 in Jefferson City on Wednesday, but the hearing was cancelled and a new date has not been set. Kansas Bill also needs to pass through committee hearings. Republican representative Brett Fairchild introduced it. He told 41 action news, in part quote, I don't think a child would ever think about something like that if their parents weren't telling them that they can choose. I think this is something that's just being forced on kids. Brian Carter, a pediatrician and bioethicist, says these bills bring up serious ethical issues and that medical decisions should be left to the doctor, the child and the parent. Those decisions really belong in the privacy room of that relationship, that therapeutic relationship they should not be encroached upon by the state that says you can or can't do one of any number of things, Promo says. They will continue to fight against these and any other similar bills. So we understand we like no. All Children should be treated with dignity and respect and given every support to somebody out there in order to thrive. Sarah Blake, 41 Action News