Louisiana Republican kills bill banning transgender surgery for children

A Republican Louisiana state senator on Wednesday blocked a bill to ban transgender surgery for children in the state.

According to AttorneyHouse Bill 648 was defeated by the Louisiana Senate Health and Welfare Committee after Fred Mills sided with Democrats against the measure.

“After passing the House, a bill in Louisiana that would have banned pediatric sex reassignment just failed the Senate Health and Welfare Committee because ‘Republican’ State Senator Fred Mills voted with Democrats to kill him,” Twitter user Greg Price, a member of the conservative nonprofit State Freedom Caucus Network, wrote in a tweet.

The blocking of the bill in Louisiana comes as several other states have passed legislation aimed at limiting transgender surgery and other medical care for children.

Missouri lawmakers passed two pieces of legislation this month that ban gender-affirming care, including hormones, puberty blockers and gender-affirming surgery. According to the Associated Press, Missouri Governor Mike Parson is expected to sign the legislation.

Additionally, Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey wrote a letter to the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners calling on city law enforcement officials to enforce the ban on transgender care after the city council of Kansas said he wanted the city to be a sanctuary for residents seeking gender-affirming care.

The Louisiana State Capitol on April 17, 2020 in Baton Rouge. On May 24, 2023, a Louisiana Republican blocked a bill that proposed to ban transgender surgery for children in the state.
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“I have no reason to doubt that you take your obligation to obey the law seriously,” the letter reads. “I am therefore writing to make it clear that accepting the City Council’s solicitation would be both dangerous and illegal.”

Legislation that was blocked in Louisiana on Wednesday was sponsored by Republican State Rep. Gabe Firment and states: “The proposed law prohibits medical professionals from knowingly committing any of the following acts that attempt to alter the appearance of a minor for the purpose of validating a minor’s perception of their sex if the minor’s perception is inconsistent with their biological sex.”

The bill includes a ban on hormone blockers, “prescribing or administering testosterone, estrogen or progesterone” and gender-affirming surgery.

Newsweek contacted Firment’s office via email for comment.

In March, the Louisiana Department of Health released a report on gender-affirming care in the state and found that from 2017 to 2021, an average of 14.6% of minors with gender dysphoria receive puberty blockers each year. The report also revealed that from 2017 to 2021, no gender-affirming surgeries were performed on minors in the state.


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