Wyoming's state Senate has passed a bill that would ban child sex-change surgeries, along with the use of hormonal therapy and puberty blockers on children. The bill will likely pass in the state House, in which Republicans control 57 of 62 districts.
Senate File 144, introduced by state Senator Anthony Bouchard, passed in the Senate with testimony from Luka Hein, a 21-year-old woman who shared her story of a medical gender transition when she was younger, according to the Daily Caller.
Anthony announced the introduction of the bill on Twitter, stating, “I am introducing Chloe’s Law in WY. Legislation to make childhood mutilation illegal. Chloe's bravery inspired me to take action. It is fitting to name the bill after her.”
Chloe's Law bans "physicians from performing procedures for children related to gender transitioning and gender reassignment," which if performed, is "grounds for suspension or revocation of a physician's or health care provider's license."
The legislation also prohibits "insurance coverage for children for gender transitioning and reassignment procedures."
Chloe Cole, the teenage namesake of the law, made international news after testifying before California lawmakers about her gender transition, saying she was encouraged to ignore concerns about puberty blockers and hormones. Cole said that her parents were threatened with the idea of their child committing suicide as a reason to move forward with the procedures.
"This is all wrong. I regret every single step, and this shouldn't have happened," Cole told Glenn Beck.
Luka Hein received a double mastectomy and hormonal treatment at just 16 years old, after she says she was manipulated by doctors and nurses who told her she would be at a high risk of suicide if she did not undergo the surgeries. Hein said the surgeries did not fix her mental health problems.
"There was nothing wrong with my body; I was just a teenager that was uncomfortable, and instead I was pushed down a path that taught me that growing up was a disease that needed to be cured with surgery and medicine," Hein told the Wyoming legislators.
If passed, the act would come into effect on July 1, 2023.
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