Some congressional Republicans are backing a bill to prohibit performing gender transition measures on minors.
And another proposal would prohibit spending federal funds on gender transitition services, irrespective of the patient's age.
The bill to ban sex-reassignments for children stipulates that violators would face punishment, while those subjected to the cross-sex measures would not.
"Any physical or mental healthcare professional who knowingly performs or provides a referral for any gender transition procedure on a minor shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both," the text of the measure states.
"No person on whom the gender transition procedure under subsection (a) is performed may be arrested or prosecuted for an offense under this section," the bill reads. "A person on whom a gender transition procedure is performed under this section may bring a civil action for appropriate relief against each person who performed the gender transition procedure."
Prior versions of these commonsense proposals have been put forward in the past to no avail.
"Doctors must be prohibited from performing or assisting in child mutilation procedures," GOP Sen. Roger Marshall of Kansas said, according to a press release. "Enough is enough. These procedures can cause severe and irreversible damage to children’s bodies and have long-term detrimental health risks. We must protect our kids and make sure American taxpayers aren’t footing the bill for these dangerous procedures."
"Across the country, vulnerable children are being exposed to radical gender transition ideology and pressured into going through invasive and irreversible medical procedures. Minors should not be making these permanent decisions as minors," GOP Rep. Doug LaMalfa of California said, according to the press release. "Both the Protecting Children from Experimentation Act and the End Taxpayer Funding of Gender Experimentation Act would protect children and taxpayers from paying the high price of these unethical medical interventions."
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