On Wednesday, Tennessee lawmakers introduced a bill to end the woke method of gender reassignment surgery on children before the age of 18. The bill titled the ‘Protecting Children from Gender Mutilation Act’ was introduced by Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) and state House Majority Leader William Lamberth (R-Portland).
The bill’s goal is to postpone life changing surgery or medical decisions based on gender reassignment till adulthood. The bill will be discussed and likely voted on in January.
We're full steam ahead here in Tennessee. Today the Protecting Children from Gender Mutilation Act was officially filed. It will ban the mutilation and drugging of gender-confused children and provide victims the right to sue for damages. We're still getting wins on the board.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) November 9, 2022
The legislature describes the main issue as such:
“The legislature determines that medical procedures that alter a minor’s hormonal balance, remove a minor’s sex organs, or otherwise change a minor’s physical appearance are harmful to a minor when these medical procedures are performed for the purpose of enabling a minor to identify with, or live as, a purported identity inconsistent with the minor’s sex or treating purported discomfort or distress from a discordance between the minor’s sex and asserted identity.”
The bill holds extreme penalties against anyone, especially medical professionals performing procedures on minors with gender dysmorphia. The parents who approve of such a procedure would also be liable and suffer a civil suit from the state.
The GOP has had many messages surrounding this issue including establishing that these children have gender dysmorphia, that these surgeries have negative long term effects, and that many regret their decision, all of which are addressed in this bill.
Senator Johnson also announced his support of Senate Bill 2, which bans Drag/ exotic dancers from performing in front of children.
“It is an offense for a person to engage in an adult cabaret performance: In a location where the adult cabaret performance could be viewed by a person who is not an adult. A first offense for a violation of subdivision (c)(1) is a Class A misdemeanor, and a second or subsequent such offense is a Class E felony.”
In September, Tennessee lawmakers sent a letter to Vanderbilt Medical to halt such procedures on minors. These more than 60 lawmakers promised legislation to end these practices and now they are fulfilling that.
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