Iowa has banned trans surgeries for minors.
According to a report from Fox News, Hawkeye State Governor Kim Reynolds signed two bills on Wednesday that ban gender care for minors and prevent transgender school students from using bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity.
“I’m a parent. I’m a grandmother. I know how difficult this is,” Reynolds said, according to The Gazette, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based newspaper. “This is an extremely uncomfortable position for me to be in. And I don’t like it.”
“But I have to do what I believe, right now, is in the best interest of the kids until we can have some more research done, or we can see what’s happening in some of the other countries that have been doing this, to better understand the impact. I think that’s reasonable,” she added.
From Fox News:
The first bill prevents doctors in Iowa from prescribing puberty blockers or hormone therapy treatments to children under the age of 18. Additionally, the law also prohibits any “gender transition procedures” that would “affirm the minor’s perception of the minor’s gender or sex.”
Any doctor who is found in violation of the new law, according to the measure’s text, is “subject to licensee discipline by the appropriate licensing board or entity.” The measure also allows for individuals to take legal action against doctors who perform gender transitions on minors.
Reynolds’ signing of the measure, in accordance with the bill’s text, forces minors who are currently receiving gender transition procedures in Iowa to forgo the care in 180 days.
The other bill signed into law by Reynolds was Senate File 482, which is an act “prohibiting persons from entering single and multiple occupancy restrooms or changing areas and other facilities in elementary and secondary schools that do not correspond with the person’s biological sex.”
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