According to Politico, Florida’s legislature approved a measure Thursday that will penalize physicians who perform gender change surgery and associated treatments on children.
“You should not perform sex-change operations if you have a minor child. You should not use puberty inhibitors. That is so wrong, and we are happy that we were able to put a stop to it in the state of Florida,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said during a news conference Friday.
“It is wrong to sexualize these children. Gender ideology is wrong, as is teaching children that they might have been mistakenly born in the wrong body. So we are on the right track,” DeSantis said.
When asked about the tricky issue, DeSantis, who requested the law and is anticipated to approve it, was usually forthright.
“People in your field are going to cover it up with an excuse and claim this is health care to cut off the private areas of a 14- or a15-year-old,” DeSantis said.
“This is not medical care. This is mutilation,” he declared emphatically.
“When we stand up to that, we protect these kids,” he declared, to cheers.
The law codifies actions made by Florida’s Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine to handle kids’ gender transition. It also forbids adults from being given the same contentious procedures through telemedicine and prohibits state money from being used to pay the costs, according to the New York Times.
According to Politico, a previous version of Florida’s SB 254 intended to prohibit private insurance companies from covering contentious treatments for anybody, as well as to prohibit gender modifications on birth certificates. Neither of those measures was included in the final law.
State Rep. Randy Fine (R), the bill’s sponsor, told the outlet that such elements might still be enacted in future parliamentary sessions.
DeSantis went on to discuss how Chloe Cole and others who had gender transition surgeries as youngsters are now boldly coming out to tell others that their procedure was the “biggest mistake of their lives,” and that they felt deceived.
“When people are teenagers, they go through a lot. You get over it; by the time you arrive, 80–90% of the issues are handled,” according to DeSantis.
He went on to list some of the surgeries that are illegal under the law, such as double mastectomy on young, physically healthy females.
According to the New York Times, if Governor DeSantis approves the measure, Florida would join at least 13 additional states that have just recently prohibited the usage of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and gender-changing procedures for children.