Gender affirming treatment

Arkansas has become the first state to ban gender-affirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth, after lawmakers overrode the governor’s objections to enact the ban on Tuesday.

The state’s governor, Asa Hutchinson, had vetoed the bill on Monday following pleas from pediatricians, social workers and the parents of trans youth who said the measure would harm a community already at risk for depression and suicide. The ban was opposed by several medical and child welfare groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics.

However the Republican-controlled house and senate voted to override Hutchinson’s veto.

The ban prohibits doctors from providing gender-affirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to anyone under 18 years old, or from referring them to other providers for the treatment. The treatments are part of a gradual process that can vastly improve young people’s mental health, and can be life-saving, experts say.

Opponents of the measure have vowed to sue to block the ban before it takes effect this summer.

“This legislation perpetuates the very things we know are harmful to trans youth,” said Dr Robert Garofalo, the division head of adolescent and young adult medicine at Lurie Children’s hospital in Chicago, speaking on a press conference call held by the Human Rights Campaign. “They’re not just anti-trans. They’re anti-science. They’re anti-public health.”

So the law bans cutting the knockers off children. There are people opposing this idea.

What consenting adults get up to, absent third party harm, is up to consenting adults. A child is, by definition, not a consenting adult.

For example, in Arkansas, a 17 year old may not rent out their genitals for the sexual pleasure of another. But the argument is that they should be allowed to surgically modify them?

Don’t see it myself…..

10 thoughts on “Gender affirming treatment”

  1. ’ The treatments are part of a gradual process that can vastly improve young people’s mental health..’

    Does it decrease the suicide rate then?

  2. Beat me to it Julia! Funnily enough, medical mutilation does not improve the tranny suicide rate.

    Quacks like “Dr” Garofalo ought to be strung up.

  3. a 17 year old may not rent out their genitals for the sexual pleasure of another

    They can, but only if they cut them off first.

  4. I thought they lived in a democracy over there. If The People want/don’t want a particular law, The People can vote for it. If a particular law exists and continues it’s because The People want it to.

  5. Except the various victim groups are twisting the human rights legislation to override democracy in a way that was never intended.
    Just look at the latest demand that gay men have the “right” to have children so surrogacy and IVF for parenting agreements with lesbians should be offered by the NHS etc.
    They are refusing to accept that their choices mean something (don’t want to sleep with women then tough luck on the reproductive side of life) and demand they have their cake and eat it too

  6. Meanwhile, most male neonates in Arkansas will have parts of their genitals cut off, and no-one will mind, because “the outcome is better if it’s done earlier”, and “it will help with their body image and self-esteem”.

  7. Note the fun change in the language….it’s gender affirming surgery, they are like the Spanish Inquisition in that they believe that as what they are ultimately doing is good then they will be forgiven the methods they used at the end

  8. Entertaining to see that female genital mutilation is illegal in the US, but there seems to be no problem about slicing up boys.

    Still, perhaps Biden’ll update the law and make sure that male and female genital mutilation are both equally legal.

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