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Idaho bill criminalizing trans care dies in committee

House Judiciary Committee holds hearing on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 25, 2020, regarding HB 465, legislation seeking to make it a felony for doctors to provide gender-related treatment to transgender youth. Photo Idaho Press

House Judiciary Chairman Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, has just announced that HB 465, Rep. Christy Zito’s bill to make it a felony for doctors to provide gender treatment to anyone under age 18, won’t proceed any further.

It was the subject of an emotional hearing yesterday that drew big crowds objecting to the proposal reports Idaho Press . Chaney sent Zito a five-page letter about his decision; it’s posted here. Meanwhile, the House has begun debate on HB 500, Rep. Barbara Ehardt’s bill to forbid transgender women and girls from participating in school sports.

The level of selective ignorance displayed by Chairman Greg Chaney’s in his letter to Rep. Christy Zitois is mindboggling.

Chairman Chaney referenced a single medical study done in Sweeden regarding the discredited “rapid-onset gender dysphoria” in his explanation to Rep. Zitois.  But Chairman Greg Chaney chose not to include the position statements from the medical establishment in the United States regarding transgender care.

Doctors and nurses in the United States are in a state of shock after learning that they are being used as a tool to harm and even kill transgender youth.

Doctors Spurn Attempts to Criminalize Treatment of Transgender KidsMedscape Medical News February 24, 2020

Guidelines from US clinical organizations — including the American Academy of Pediatrics issued in 2018, the Endocrine Society as reported by Medscape Medical News in 2017, and the US Professional Association for Transgender Health (USPATH) — all support the use of medical treatment in adolescents with gender dysphoria who have received mental health evaluations from appropriately trained professionals.

Jack Turban, MD, a resident physician in child and adolescent psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, who conducted a pivotal study of some 26,000 transgender adults showing that early administration of puberty blockers led to lower odds of lifetime suicidal ideation, also expressed dismay over the bills in an opinion piece for the New York Times.

“The potential benefits of providing gender-affirmative care typically outweigh the minor risks associated with treatment,” wrote Turban.

“State legislators need to educate themselves about these young people and their medical care before introducing legislation that will hurt them,” he added.

LGBTQ advocacy group Add The Words Idaho estimated 300 people turned out for Tuesday’s committee hearing. House Judiciary Chairman Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell only let 51 of those people testify before calling it quits in the face of empirical scientific evidence and personal testimony.

Their ‘Bathroom bills’ were shot down in years past so these hate-mongering ‘christian’ legislators are now taking their anger out on doctors.

There is no doubt why the Idaho bill and 13 other similar bills in other states, have failed. It is because the legislators have pulled them faced the very real scenario of mass migrations of doctors to other states and billions of dollars in lawsuits should their bills become law.

Don’t let them fool you. They do not give a rats ass whether trans kids live or die.

Kelli Buseyhttps://planettransgender.com
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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