Atlanta, Georgia — On March 21, the Georgia Senate voted to send the governor a bill limiting medical care for transgender children.
In a party vote, the Senate voted 31 to 21, agreeing with the amendments made by the state House of Representatives to Senate Bill 140. Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Sponsored by Senator Carden Summers (R-13th Senate), SB140 prohibits physicians from providing hormonal or surgical treatments for gender dysphoria to individuals under the age of 18. Minors currently receiving hormone therapy for gender dysphoria can continue to receive treatment. The bill also allows drugs that block puberty. georgia recorder report.
The bill passed the Senate on March 6, 33-22, and the House on March 16, 96-75.
The House amended the bill to remove language protecting doctors from civil or criminal charges for violating the proposed new law.
Rep. Josh Bonner (R-Fayetteville) sponsored the bill in the House.
“This bill prohibits health care providers from performing surgery or prescribing hormone therapy for the purpose of changing the gender of anyone under the age of 18,” he said on the floor on March 16. .
He added that doctors could face sanctions from the General State Coroner’s Board or the Regional Health Department if they violate the proposed law. may be included.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Georgia’s Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham said he was saddened to see the Senate pass the bill today.
“Parents who work with medical teams and adhere to standards of care should be able to make decisions about their child’s health care,” Graham said. “The amendments annexed to SB 140 make it a crime for health care providers to follow established standards of care. This law sets a dangerous precedent by prioritizing politics over scientific fact. ”
Here is Executive Director Jeff Graham’s statement on the passage of SB 140: pic.twitter.com/AjDxe5Vmgn
— Equality in Georgia (@GAEquality) March 21, 2023
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