(WB) On Tuesday Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed Senate Bill 126, which bans gender-affirming medical care for Trans youth.
The measure prohibits medical and healthcare professionals from prescribing puberty blockers or hormone therapy.
“Governor Lee signed the discriminatory SB126. It’s not a ban on gender-affirming care for trans youth who have entered puberty. It bans that health care before puberty, which health care providers are not doing. The point of it was a slap in the face and poss. future restrictions,” the Tennessee Equality Project noted on Twitter.
The TNEQP then went on to note “We don’t normally put health care protocols into the code. But this bill says that the state doesn’t trust trans youth, their parents, and their physicians.”
“If lawmakers really care about the best interests of trans youth, they would focus on improving access to quality health care instead of playing doctor themselves,” Alphonso David, the president of the HRC, said Wednesday in a statement.
“Patients, parents and health care providers should be guided by science and medical best practices rather when seeking treatments, not the whims of the state legislators. Gov. Lee has made Tennessee a pioneer in anti-transgender discrimination by signing the first and second bathroom bills since HB2 [North Carolina’s much-criticized 2016 bill] in recent days,” he added.
This legislation was opposed by both leading professional pediatric care associations, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association. Last month, James L. Madara, MD, the CEO and executive vice president of the American Medical Association sent a to the National Governors Association cautioning “We believe this legislation represents a dangerous governmental intrusion into the practice of medicine and will be detrimental to the health of transgender children across the country.”
“We believe it is inappropriate and harmful for any state to legislatively dictate that certain transition-related services are never appropriate and limit the range of options physicians and families may consider when making decisions for pediatric patients,” the AMA stated.
The Human Rights Campaign noted:
“SB 126 [HB 1027] is part of the 2021 'Slate of Hate' rippling through the Tennessee state legislature. This anti-transgender bill is the fifth discriminatory piece of legislation signed by Gov. Lee this session following HB 1182 [SB 1224], a business bathroom bill; SB 228, an anti-transgender sports ban; SB 1229, a sweeping anti-LGBTQ education bill; and HB 1233, an anti-transgender student bathroom bill.
These anti-equality bills are being pushed by national extremist groups and peddled by lawmakers in Tennessee in an effort to sow fear and division.”