At the beginning of the session, Representative Stewart O. Jones ( Republican – Laurens, District 14 – Greenwood & Laurens Counties) filed H.4716 “Youth Gender Reassignment Prevention Act” which seeks to prevent someone under the age of 18 from undergoing gender-affirming medical treatment, including the use of puberty blockers. The bill also targets health care professionals who treat transgender children. Under the bill, they could face having their medical license revoked. It is outrageous that conservative legislators like Rep. Jones would threaten transgender youth’s health and safety. Medical Professionals, not politicians, should decide what medical care is in the best interest of a patient. Forcing a doctor to deny best practice medical care and deny support to transgender youth can be life-threatening.
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