On Friday, the State of Florida’s Board of Medicine voted to ban “gender-affirming care” for transgender youth in Florida. Children under the age of 18 will be barred from having surgery or taking drugs that would lead to their transition to the opposite gender.
The rule will be finally put into place statewide during the joint committee meeting of the Florida Board of Medicine and the state Board of Osteopathic Medicine on November 4th.
The language and specifications of the law come under these children having “body dysmorphia” as health experts worry the irreversible treatments are being used on kids who, by their definition have “a strong, persistent cross-gender identification associated with anxiety, depression, irritability and often a wish to live as a gender different from the one associated with the sex assigned at birth.”
The board heard from dozens of people on both sides of the aisle. They brought in medical experts, past patients, lawyers, parents, and everything in between.
“It’s lifelong altering effects for children,” lawyer Blaise Trettis said. “I don’t think they’re emotionally or psychologically capable of making that lifelong decision.”
Rachel Foster was brought in as a former patient who regrets their transition move when she was a teen.
“No one child or adult should go through the constant health battles that I’ve had to go through,” Foster said. “I’ve dealt with pain, trauma and the same mental issues I faced before.”
Meanwhile, people like Amy Rachel showed their own passion, as a transgender woman who opposed the bans on treatments.
“It’s just plain wrong. People’s lives are at stake here,” Rachel said. “Some are deliberately spreading misinformation about the transgender community and about the kinds of treatments that are available and given.”
This movement has gained a lot of ground in Florida as Governor Ron DeSantis has used the topic as a consistent talking point. DeSantis made national headlines for his views on transgender athletes performing in competitions, specifically students.
Transgenderism is still a widely discussed topic today, consistently cracking the top five most important issues voters will be focusing on in the midterm elections this week.
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