Tom Cotton, Jim Banks Unveil Bill to Make Medical Providers Liable for Minor Gender-Transition Damages | National Review

The bill responds to growing concerns over the use of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgical procedures to alter minors’ physiology and outward appearance. Once signed into law, the bill would allow victims and legal guardians to sue surgeons who perform gender-transition surgeries on minors — or doctors who prescribe them hormone treatments — up to 30 years after the subjects reach the age of majority.

Other provisions would clarify “that federal law cannot be construed to force medical practitioners to offer such procedures” and prevent “federal health funds from going to states that force medical practitioners to perform gender-transition procedures.”

Cotton and Banks’s legislation — which is also being shepherded by Representative Doug LaMalfa (R., Calif.) — is at odds with recent guidance from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and a new executive order from President Joe Biden.

Earlier this month, WPATH changed its standards to allow for hormone treatments for minors to begin at the age of 14 and recommended that surgeries be performed beginning between the ages of 15 and 17. Previously, WPATH had recommended that hormone treatments be withheld until two years later, and surgical remedies be withheld for at least one more year.

Biden signed an executive order to expand access to the treatments and procedures outlined in the Protecting Minors from Medical Malpractice Act earlier this month.

Source: Tom Cotton, Jim Banks Unveil Bill to Make Medical Providers Liable for Minor Gender-Transition Damages | National Review

One thought on “Tom Cotton, Jim Banks Unveil Bill to Make Medical Providers Liable for Minor Gender-Transition Damages | National Review”

  1. Finally! Now get women’s organizations to get behind this. Why are they dragging their feet? They stand firmly behind abortion on-demand but not to keep children from being mutilated and sterilized. It’s almost as if they don’t care about children’s lives. What is a woman? Surely care-giver to the world’s children should be part of that description. It takes a village!

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