Republican politician is trying to ban medication for trans kids

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A Republican politician in South Carolina has proposed a bill that would ban gender-affirming medical treatment for trans kids under the age of 18, and considers also banning the medical treatment for people of under 18 who have mental health issues related to gender dysphoria. The bill, titled “Youth Gender Reassignment Prevention Act” and proposed by Republican politician Stewart Jones, would stop medical professionals from helping trans kids affirm their gender, for example puberty blockers or any medical intervention related to changing gender. Then, left without gender-affirming medical care, the bill could also stop trans kids in South Carolina accessing medical interventions like anti-depressants even though the text of the bill admits gender dysphoria as a mental distress factor, still insisting it would ban “interventions to alleviate symptoms of clinically significant distress resulting from gender dysphoria”.

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