South Carolina has finally taken action to protect its youth by introducing a bill on Wednesday, Nov. 20, to prohibit gender reassignment medical treatment for minors.
The bill, called the Youth Gender Reassignment Prevention Act, prohibits doctors from performing any “gender reassignment medical treatment” on a person under 18.
‘Gender reassignment medical treatment’ means any health care to facilitate the transitioning of a patient’s assigned gender identity to the gender identity experienced and defined by the patient. The term may include, but is not limited to:
(1) interventions to suppress the development of endogenous secondary sex characteristics;
(2) interventions to align the patient’s appearance or physical body with the patient’s gender identity; and
(3) interventions to alleviate symptoms of clinically significant distress resulting from gender dysphoria, as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition.
The term does not include behavioral health care services, such as mental health counseling.”
State Rep. Stewart Jones, a Republican, said on Thursday, Nov. 21, that his proposal is in response to a Texas custody case that’s drawn national attention in which a mother wants her 7-year-old to undergo gender reassignment surgery over the father’s objections.
“For a child, it’s a whole different matter,” Jones said. “Somebody under 18, they can’t buy cigarettes and alcohol, and so they shouldn’t be able to have a sex change.”
As such, the bill is designed to ban hormones and puberty blockers, a reversible treatment that stops the physical changes associated with puberty. It would also prohibit doctors from performing “interventions to alleviate symptoms of clinically significant distress resulting from gender dysphoria,” or conflict between a person’s assigned gender and their gender identity, according to VOX.
If one is born male they’ll always be male. If one is born female they’ll always be female. Gender reassignment treatments do not change the DNA or switch the chromosomes, they alter hormone production and bodily features.
A patient suffering from gender dysphoria is suffering mentally and needs someone who cares enough about them to insist they seek counseling, not have their boobs whacked off.
Pre-filed during a recess in the South Carolina Legislature, the bill won’t get a hearing until January at the earliest. If it passes the state’s House and Senate, it will go to the governor to be signed into law.