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November 09, 2022

Tennessee Lawmakers Introduce Legislation To Ban Trans "Treatment" for Minors, Including Fines of $25,000 Per Offense and Possible Jailtime Up to 20 Years

Serious medicine.

Tennessee lawmakers have filed a bill to ban the controversial practice of pediatric medical gender transition in the state.

Tennessee Majority Leaders William Lamberth and Jack Johnson, both Republicans, introduced the Protecting Children from Gender Mutilation Act on Wednesday, November 9, which would effectively bar doctors from prescribing puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and performing gender-related surgeries on minors for the purpose of medical transition. It would also allow patients and their families to sue for damages and let the courts impose an additional $25,000 penalty for each violation.


"This bill is about protecting children," said Johnson. "Under no circumstances should minors be allowed to undergo irreversible elective procedures to mutilate body parts and intentionally harm their reproductive systems. This practice comes with lifelong health complications that children are not capable of understanding."

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Florida additionally approved a rule last week prohibiting minors from receiving gender transition surgeries, puberty blockers, and cross-sex hormones, making it the first ban in the country instituted by a state medical board.


"Through the passage of House Bill 1/Senate Bill 1, Tennessee will protect vulnerable children who cannot give informed consent for adult decisions they aren't ready for," Lamberth added.

The Protecting Children from Gender Mutilation Act would also create a private right of action, allowing a minor or the parent of a minor who sustained injuries due to medical transition to sue for damages. Additionally, it would enable a child to bring a civil cause of action against a parent if that parent helped to facilitate their child's medical transition.

The bill would allow courts to impose a $25,000 penalty per violation and the state attorney general to bring an action against a healthcare provider for knowingly violating the law within 20 years of the offense. The proposed bill would require the state attorney general to establish a process for reporting violations of the law.

The law makes an exception for the treatment of people with actual inborn intersex abnormalities.

Rod Dreher publishes a lament from a father whose daughter has undergone transgender "therapy," and another account from a woman who has detransitioned and wishes she had never been convinced to transition in the first place.


More to that thread, and more at the link. Dreher likens all this to the Tuskegee experiments, in which syphilis was, unbeknownst to black male patients, left completed untreated and allowed to proceed to its often deadly, often permanently maiming terminal course just to check a pet theory that maybe syphilis just "went away" if you didn't do anything about it.

Spoiler: It didn't just "go away."





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