Texas legislature sent bill to Governor’s desk that would block a minor’s access to gender reassignment

State Rep. Christian Manuel, D-Beaumont, speaks in support as LGBTQ activists protest Senate Bill 14 at the Texas Capitol, Friday, May 12, 2023, in Austin, Texas. Mikala Compton/AP

Deuteronomy 22:5 “A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.

Important Takeaways:

  • The Texas legislature Wednesday night voted to ban gender-affirming care for most minors, sending a bill to the governor’s desk that, if enacted, would put critical health care out of reach for transgender youth in America’s second-most-populous state.
  • Senate Bill 14 would block a minor’s access to gender reassignment surgeries, puberty blocking medication and hormone therapies, and providing this care to trans youth would lead to the revocation of a health care provider’s license.
  • If signed by Abbott, the ban will take effect September 1 and would make Texas the fifteenth state to restrict access to gender-affirming care for trans youth this year

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