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Florida doctors will no longer be authorized to prescribe puberty blockers or 'gender affirming' surgeries to minors

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After a contentious vote on Friday, the Florida Board of Medicine and Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine adopted rules that will prohibit doctors from prescribing certain medicines or performing certain surgeries on minors who believe that they are transgender. The rules had been pushed by Florida Surgeon General Joseph Lapado and were publicly supported by Governor Ron DeSantis (R), who last week took issue with some in the medical community during a gubernatorial debate.

Lapado lauded the vote by the medical boards, saying that the decisions will "protect our children from irreversible surgeries and highly experimental treatments... I appreciate the integrity of the Boards for ruling in the best interest of children in Florida despite facing tremendous pressure to permit these unproven and risky treatments."

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