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Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Rachel Levine, center, speaks after attending a panel discussion on gender-affirming care and transgender health with Tatiana Williams, left, CEO, founder and executive director of the Transinclusive Group, and Arianna Inurritegui-Lint, right, CEO and founder of Arianna’s Center, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
(FLORIDA) – (UPDATE) – Florida is now placing limits on care for the treatment of gender dysphoria for young children who feel their biological sex and gender identity do not match. On Friday, two Florida medical boards gave final approval to rules barring children from receiving gender-affirming care to treat gender dysphoria under the age of 18.
Currently, the state has not banned puberty blockers and surgery for minors.
The Florida Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine have each approved separate regulations to ban certain treatments for minors as treatment for gender dysphoria. Instead, they put a lot more emphasis on treating children with behavioral therapy. Patrick Hunter, a member of the Board of Medicine, said at Friday’s meeting he was confident to endorse the bans after hearing previous testimony from people who suffered health complications that caused them to stop undergoing treatments. transgender.
“We have a serious problem,” Hunter said. “And what we heard from de-transitioned people last week was proof of that.”
Arguments in favor of allowing children under the age of 18 to make this life-changing decision include: “Trans youth are much more likely to have mental health issues, suicidal ideation and that affect them in many ways in adulthood. When they face discrimination or are simply not able to show up or express themselves fully as they are.
Democrat Charlie Crist has vowed to fire the state’s surgeon general if he is elected governor in the midterm elections in less than a week.
Crist, a former Republican governor, attorney general, education commissioner and Democratic congressman, got involved after the Florida Board of Medicine introduced a draft proposal to ban care and treatment for children and teenagers. Crist will face GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis in the gubernatorial race next week.
The Joint Meeting of Florida Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine is scheduled to meet today in Orlando to vote on the proposal titled “Standards of Practice for the Treatment of Gender Dysphoria,” according to the board. agenda.
“At first it was an abortion ban, and now DeSantis is attacking parental rights and trans health care,” said Kat Duesterhaus, board member of the Florida National Organization for Women.
“The whole process with the Board of Medicine was rigged from the start. The priority speakers at those debates weren’t even Florida residents, while dozens of trans Floridians and parents of trans youth from Florida and supporting gender-affirming care have been denied the opportunity to speak. This ban will leave blood on their hands.