GOP Governor Signs Bill Banning Trans Medical Procedures for Prepubescent Children
Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed legislation on Tuesday banning hormone treatments for prepubescent transgender minors.
The bill goes into effect immediately, making Tennessee the second state to ban such procedures for children, NBC News reported.
The Arkansas state Legislature overrode Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto of a bill banning transgender surgeries and procedures for prepubescent minors in April.
Arkansas’ Save Adolescents from Experimentation Act prohibits physicians from performing gender transition procedures on minors before puberty.
Tennessee’s bill does not go so far, permitting a health care professional to prescribe “hormone treatments for prepubertal minors for diagnoses of growth deficiencies or other diagnoses unrelated to gender dysphoria or gender incongruency.”
Lee, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation, signed two other transgender bills this week.
HB 1182 requires businesses to post notices at the entrance of public restrooms if the business allows “a member of either biological sex to use any public restroom within the building or facility.”
HB 1233 bars people from using multi-person bathrooms for members of the opposite sex and opens the door for lawsuits against public schools and districts if they allow students or employees to do so.
“Gov. Lee’s decision to sign HB 1182 will cause real harm to transgender Tennesseans,” Human Rights Campaign president Alphonso David said in a statement.
“Denying transgender people the ability to access a bathroom consistent with their gender identity is degrading and dehumanizing — and can have real health and safety consequences.”
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