UCLA Williams Institute

UCLA Williams Institute reports that 9 states have bills moving through their legislatures that would deny life-saving healthcare to 74,000 transgender adolescents.

Arkansas legislature has already passed a draconian law denying healthcare to an estimated 1,450 youth, passed a trans sports bill, and is pursuing a bathroom bill as well.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American pediatric association (APA), and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology, and 28 other major American medical associations have developed a standard of care (SOC) for gender incongruence as laid out by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5).

This SOC is used by The World Health Organization (WHO) and WPATH World Professional Association for Transgender Health for the diagnosis and treatment of transgender adolescents.

Wednesday at the Texas Legislature. You can hear anti-trans hecklers from the top floor of the rotunda. They were quickly escorted out by police.

These 65 bills were written and distributed by the Alliance Defending Freedom. The politicians who sponsor them cite the American College of Pediatricians (Acpeds), both of which are identified as Hate Groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The UCLA Williams Institute of law estimates 45,100 to 74,0000 transgender youth across these nine states are being put at risk.

Texas just created a carveout allowing doctors to prescribe puberty blockers to cisgender youth penalty-free. The parents of children diagnosed with “precocious puberty” can opt to have them treated with the same medication that trans kids are and will not have to worry about their children being taken from them or being sent to prison for ‘child abuse.’

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Most of these bills propose to make it a crime or a cause for professional discipline for medical providers to deliver gender-affirming care to minors.

Bills in Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas remove transgender minors from parents.

Bills in Alabama, Louisiana, and South Carolina require that teachers and administrators out children suspected of being transgender.

Bills in Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas also include penalties for parents who encourage or facilitate minors’ access to gender-affirming medical care.

In three other states—Alabama, Louisiana, and South Carolina—school employees would be prohibited from withholding information about a child being transgender from that child’s parents, while a similar requirement proposed in North Carolina would apply to all state employees.

The bill passed in Arkansas, and bills under consideration in Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, and Tennessee, would allow individuals to file civil suits for damages against medical providers who violate these laws. Bills in Arkansas and Montana provide mechanisms for the state Attorneys General to file suit against medical providers to enforce compliance.

Finally, three states have included insurance-related provisions within their proposed bills. In Texas, one set of bills would prohibit professional liability policies for medical providers from providing coverage for damages related to providing gender-affirming medical care to a minor. Arkansas’s bill prohibits health plans from covering reimbursement for gender-affirming medical care provided to minors under the age of 18 and does not require insurance plans to provide coverage for gender-affirming medical care—regardless of the beneficiary’s age. North Carolina’s bill prohibits the use of state funds to provide gender-affirming care or support the administration of governmental health plans that provide coverage for such care.

SOURCEUCLA Williams Institute
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