On Tuesday, Idaho Governor Brad Little signed a bill into law to ban the “gender transitions” on minors in his state. What a major victory in protecting children!
Little signed the Vulnerable Child Protection Act, which effectively bans the use of puberty blockers, cross sex hormones, and mutilating surgeries in the name of “gender affirmation.”
“These experimental, irreversible, and medically unnecessary pharmaceutical and surgical interventions violate the Hippocratic oath, taken by physicians for millennia, to ‘do no harm’,” the bill asserts. “Therefore, the state of Idaho has a compelling government interest in protecting the health and safety of its minor children from such medical interventions for the purpose of attempting to affirm or change a child’s gender expression.”
IDA-NO: Gov Brad Little’s anti-trans bill bans gender-affirming care – https://t.co/DTDtwOp3ch
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) April 5, 2023
Life Site News reports:
The bill language also includes statements regarding the “objectively defined category” of biological sex and points out that “gender dysphoria among children rarely persists into adulthood,” instead resolving after puberty. Long-term health problems such as infertility, osteoporosis, obesity, cancer, and cardiovascular disease are mentioned as additional compelling evidence to ban child mutilation.
HB 71 prohibits any medical professional from “performing surgeries that sterilize or mutilate, or artificially construct tissue with the appearance of genitalia that differs from the child’s biological sex” and “administering or supplying” children with “puberty-blocking medication to stop or delay normal puberty,” “supraphysiological doses of testosterone to a female,” and “supraphysiological doses of estrogen to a male.”
Exceptions to the ban include surgeries which are “necessary to the health of the person on whom it is performed,” such as emergency removal of organs after childbirth or due to “a medically verifiable genetic disorder of sex development.” In such cases, procedures must be performed by licensed medical professionals and with the consent of parents and guardians.
“Any person convicted of a violation of this section shall be guilty of a felony and shall be imprisoned in the state prison for a term of not more than ten years,” declares the bill, which is set to go into “full force and effect” on January 1, 2024.
Just two weeks ago, the governor also signed a bill that requires students to use the restrooms and lorckerrooms that match their biological sex.
Idaho Gov. Signs Anti-Trans 'Bathroom Bill,' Other Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation https://t.co/FJQDamzDdq
— Russ (@russfla) March 29, 2023
The Idaho Family Policy Center, a faith-based organization dedicated to promoting pro-family policies in the state, partnered with representatives Bruce Skaug and Lori Den Hartog to sponsor the bill when it was introduced for the third time this year.
“We can’t overstate the importance of this victory—and we definitely owe it in part to your biblical citizenship and your support of this ministry,” Blaine Conzatti, president of the organization, wrote in an April 4 blog post. “This has been a long battle over the last few years, but looking back, we can now see God’s good providence through it all.”
Conzatti explained that when the bill was first introduced, it “never even received a committee vote.” The second year, the state Senate never held a committee hearing on the legislation, which managed to make it “off the House floor.”
“In the end, it was all worth it,” Conzatti added, “no gender dysphoric child in the state of Idaho will ever again be subjected to medically unnecessary interventions that result in irreparable infertility, chronic health problems, and mutilated reproductive organs.”