Florida Board of Medicine Committee Votes to Ban Minors with Gender Dysphoria from Receiving Puberty Blockers and Sex Reassignment Surgery
On Friday, the Florida Board of Medicine Legislative Committee voted to ban to puberty blockers and sex change “treatments” for underage children in the state.
In order to address gender dysphoria, this action will prevent minors from gaining access to puberty-blocking drugs and hormone therapy. Those who need the medications for other conditions will not be affected by this decision, according to Daily Mail.
According to Mayo Clinic, gender dysphoria is the feeling of discomfort or distress that might occur in people whose gender identity differs from their sex assigned at birth or sex-related physical characteristics. Some transgender and gender-diverse people feel at ease with their bodies, with or without medical intervention.
The board is expected to make a decision on the effective date next week.
BREAKING: A Board of Medicine committee approved a rule to ban minors with gender dysphoria from receiving puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgery.
The rule now moves to the Board of Medicine and Board of Osteopathic Medicine for consideration.
— Lydia Nusbaum (@LydiaNusbaum) October 28, 2022
Daily Mail reported:
Board members said the decision was made based on the irreversibility of the drugs and the growing number of people choosing to ‘de-transition’.
It will apply to all teens in the state, even those that are currently undergoing treatment using the drugs.
Arizona has similar restrictions in place already. Alabama, Arkansas and Texas have attempted to enact similar rules but have been held up by the courts.
The decision made Friday will now be passed on to the full medical board, who are likely to adopt the recommendations.
Under the new rules, teens in the state will not be able to access puberty blockers or hormone treatments to treat conditions like gender dysphoria.
Those who use the drugs for their intended purpose, like being intersex or having precocious puberty, will still be allowed.
Doctors in the state will now be barred from recommending them to dysphoric patients.
Puberty blockers are often used by trans teens to delay the process for years. There is little evidence on their long-term effects.
Hormone treatments allow for a person to begin to display biological traits from the opposite sex, such as deepening a woman’s voice.
Advocates for the ban on trans care testified during the meeting, and included de-transitioners.
Joe Biden on Sunday participated in a sit-down interview with NowThis ‘Make Your Mark’ to discuss the midterms and the failing Democrat agenda.
Dylan Mulvaney, a transgender ‘activist’ (biological male) and raging misogynist who mocks women for a living, asked Joe Biden if it is wrong for states to ban sex reassignment surgery and puberty blockers for children (genital mutilation).
Biden said he believes it is wrong for states to ban puberty blockers for children.
“I don’t think any state or anybody should have the right to do that. As a moral question and as a legal question,” said Biden.
It can also be recalled that leading medical organizations, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association released a letter addressed to Biden Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding action to investigate and crack down on reporters who have exposed hospitals across the country for performing gender surgery on children as young as 14 and 15 while also giving puberty blocking chemicals to children.
The letter also demands tech platforms Twitter, TikTok and Meta (owner of Facebook and Instagram) crack down on the reporters’ accounts.
“The groups sent a letter (PDF) to Attorney General Merrick Garland urging the Department of Justice to investigate the increasing threats of violence against physicians, hospitals and families of children for providing and seeking evidence-based gender-affirming care. The organizations also call on technology platforms to do more to stop the rhetoric that often incites threats or acts of violence and has led to harassment campaigns across the country, much of it directed at children’s hospitals and the physicians and staff who work there,” according to the news release.