Two more states join the growing list with moves to restrict gender-affirming care for under-18s
Missouri and Louisiana inched closer toward banning transition care for trans youth, building upon a tsunami of state efforts to restrict access to puberty blockers, hormone therapies, and reassignment surgeries.
The majority of state-led initiatives restricting gender-affirming care have applied to minors, with many voices on the right concerned over what they argue is abuse with far more risks than benefits to a childs mental and physical wellbeing.
But those arguments run counter to messaging from major medical organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychiatric Association, which support using treatments like puberty blockers as medically necessary.
Missouris Republican Gov Mike Parson signed a bill into law on Wednesday that prohibits doctors from performing gender transition surgeries or prescribing hormone therapy or other drugs for gender transition to under-18s.
Meanwhile, in Louisiana, the state senate resurrected a once-presumed-dead bill banning hormone treatments, transition surgeries, and puberty blockers for trans minors there.