Adults who undergo gender transition procedures as children can sue their doctors for up to 30 years after turning 18 under a bill introduced Wednesday by Congressional Republicans.
Under the Protecting Minors from Medical Malpractice Act, adults who were treated with hormones, puberty blockers or surgery could seek injunctive relief as well as compensatory and punitive damages from physicians.
Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, accused “radical doctors” of performing “dangerous, experimental, and even sterilizing gender transition procedures on young children.”
The measure clarifies “that federal law cannot be interpreted to force physicians to provide such procedures” and prohibits federal health funds from going to states “that force physicians to perform gender transition procedures.”
“Our bill allows children who grow up and regret these procedures to sue for damages. Any doctor who performs these irresponsible procedures on children must pay,” said Cotton, Senate sponsor of the bill.
The bill, which would have set a 30-year statute of limitations for such lawsuits after the majority, comes a week after President Biden signed an executive order directing the Department of Health and Human Services to “work with states to advance the expanded access to gender-affirming care”. .”
Four states have passed bills or enacted policies this year restricting gender transition treatments for minors.
“More than 300 anti-LGBTQI+ laws were introduced in state legislatures in the past year, and many of them specifically target transgender children and their parents, prohibiting access to medical care and support at school,” according to a White House fact sheet that supports the executive order.
Also listed on the bill as sponsors are Republican Senators Marco Rubio of Florida, Josh Hawley of Missouri, James Lankford of Oklahoma and Steve Daines of Montana. Sponsoring the House bill is Representative Jim Banks, a Republican from Indiana.
“The Biden administration has released official guidance recommending irreversible and life-altering surgeries for very young minors to apply for a student permit,” Banks said. “These procedures lack solid evidence and have been rejected by public health agencies around the world.”
Banks predicted that in 10 years, “there will be hundreds of thousands of Americans who have been permanently scarred by the radical left agenda before they reach adulthood.”
The legislation covers gender transition procedures, including “puberty blockers, cross sex hormones, and surgical procedures that alter an individual’s body to align with an identity at odds with an individual’s biological sex.”
The chance of the bill becoming law while Democrats control both houses of Congress and the White House is essentially zero.
LGBTQ group The Trevor Project argues that this treatment saves lives because it “has been shown to reduce suicidal ideation and attempts in transgender individuals.”
“Puberous suppression can be used for young people currently in the early stages of puberty who are struggling with their birth-assigned sex and gender identity,” said the Trevor Project. “Delaying puberty can provide young people with more time to explore their gender identity without developing unwanted physiological changes and can also serve as a precursor to gender-affirming hormone therapy.”
Finland, Sweden and Britain have moved in recent years to reverse the use of gender-transition drugs to treat gender dysphoria in minors.