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Puberty Blockers and Gender Surgeries on Children Barred in NC After Republican Override Of Veto

Puberty Blockers and Gender Surgeries on Children Barred in NC After Republican Override Of Veto

“Republican Sen. Joyce Krawiec, primary sponsor of the bill restricting gender-affirming care, said the state has a responsibility to protect children from receiving potentially irreversible procedures before they are old enough to make their own informed medical decisions.”

Republicans in North Carolina have defied Democrat Governor Roy Cooper and approved a ban on transgender procedures for minors, including surgery and the use of puberty blockers.

This should not be controversial at all. In fact, it should be policy in all 50 states. We don’t allow children to get tattoos. We shouldn’t allow them to have unnecessary, permanent, life-altering surgeries.

Note how this report from the Associated Press via Politico continually uses the term gender-affirming care:

Veto overridden: Ban on gender-affirming care for minors takes effect in North Carolina

Transgender youth in North Carolina lost access Wednesday to gender-affirming treatments after the Republican-led General Assembly overrode the Democratic governor’s vetoes of that legislation and other bills touching on gender in sports and LGBTQ+ instruction in the classroom.

GOP supermajorities in the House and Senate enacted — over Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto — a bill barring medical professionals from providing hormone therapy, puberty-blocking drugs and surgical gender-transition procedures to anyone under 18, with limited medical exceptions.

The policy takes effect immediately, but minors who had begun treatment before Aug. 1 may continue receiving that care if their doctors deem it medically necessary and their parents consent.

North Carolina becomes the 22nd state to enact legislation restricting or banning gender-affirming medical care for trans minors. But most of those laws face legal challenges, and local LGBTQ+ right advocates vowed to challenge the ban in court. The Senate voted 27-18 to complete the veto override after the House voted 73-46 earlier.

Republican Sen. Joyce Krawiec, primary sponsor of the bill restricting gender-affirming care, said the state has a responsibility to protect children from receiving potentially irreversible procedures before they are old enough to make their own informed medical decisions.

The override also addressed the issue of trans women and girls in girls’ sports and the teaching of gender identity to small children:

The Hill reports:

State lawmakers also voted Wednesday to override Cooper’s veto of House Bill 574, which bars transgender women and girls from middle school through college from competing on female sports teams.

Republicans said Wednesday that the bill is needed to maintain the integrity of women’s sports, while Democrats in both chambers criticized the legislation as “targeted abuse” toward transgender young people…

The Legislature also voted Wednesday to override Cooper’s veto of a third bill, known as the Parents’ Bill of Rights, to prohibit kindergarten through fourth grade teachers from engaging in classroom instruction about gender identity or sexuality.

This video report features a quick clip of Lt. Governor Mark Robinson presiding over the state legislature:


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Hopefully this will help propel Mark Robinson to the Governorship.

Wow, they actually grew a spine for a change?

God created the male and female sexes. Democrats created all the other ones…

I cannot figure out how such a sane group of people elected this guy Governor.

Cooper realized about 2 years ago that he actually had to BE a Democrat like his national cousins. Also we have a lot of move ins from way North of Richmond these days to help him out…

I have been a resident of NC for 4 yrs., escaping the hell-hole of MD. Ever since the Republicans obtained veto-proof majorities, they are just going to make the remainder of Cooper’s term a joke, as they override all of his vetos.

I expect the Dobbs decision to play a role in whether these laws are constitutional or not since it basically declared that there is no right to a particular medical procedure.

How is it “gender affirming” if they are changing the gender?

    henrybowman in reply to slagothar. | August 17, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    Leading to the trenchant meme:
    “How can you demand I accept who you are when YOU don’t accept who you are?”

    Milhouse in reply to slagothar. | August 18, 2023 at 12:01 am

    It means affirming the new gender.

      4rdm2 in reply to Milhouse. | August 19, 2023 at 5:09 pm

      So, lying?

        Milhouse in reply to 4rdm2. | August 19, 2023 at 9:43 pm

        I wouldn’t call it “lying”. For one thing, we’re talking about medical treatment, not words.

        Even affirming with words, I wouldn’t call lying. More like “humoring”. I think in general humoring someone’s harmless delusions is the correct way to go, and certainly humoring children’s fantasies. But humoring does not mean accepting. When a child says he’s a cat, you scratch his ears, and maybe even go so far as to pretend he should be eating cat food and using a litter box, but you don’t actually make him do so, and you certainly don’t take him to the vet to be fixed!

Perhaps LI should lead the charge by replacing the term “gender-affirming care” with “irreversible sexual mutilation” whenever it is not in a direct quote.

    kyrrat in reply to henrybowman. | August 18, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    I like the term Leor Sapir used in the podcast with Wesley Yang. “pediatric sex trait modification” for children, ‘sex trait modification’ for adults.

Cooper’s had all 14 of his vetoes overridden during this legislative session.

The fact that the mutilation of children depends on the makeup of a given state government is devastating. Nonetheless, glad to hear that children will be protected in NC.

I like how they snuck in that little phrase “with limited medical exceptions”. I.e. those who actually have a legitimate medical need for them. Puberty blockers are a legitimate tool in the medical arsenal. They are appropriate in cases where they are medically indicated, and they shouldn’t be banned in those cases. But it is inappropriate to use them on children who are physically healthy, and whose only illness is in their minds, so that is what this legislation bans.

Madness defeated, this time.

An interesting, and wonderful part of that bill seems to be not mentioned. It starts the clock for suing for malpractice at 18 for child ‘transitioners’ and gives a 30 year window to do so. This ‘should’ frighten doctors. It will help the pool that is growing by day of child transitioners who are detransitioning.

    Dean Robinson in reply to Whitewall. | August 20, 2023 at 9:50 am

    I bet this travesty follows the same trajectory as “Recovered Memory Therapy” did 30 years ago. It was a bogus treatment that made many of those who received it worse, but that didn’t matter to the RM advocates, zealots and profiteers, nor to the breathlessly credulous press. Once the lawsuits started, that changed. All it will take will be a couple of seven figure jury awards, and then the malpractice insurance providers will exclude this like a hot potato. I give it 2-3 years before the remaining mutilators have to move operations offshore.