- Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Friday introduced a bill banning gender-affirming care for minors.
- Under the bill, providing such care would result in a felony conviction punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
- The legislation would also prevent colleges and universities from offering courses on gender-affirming care.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene on Friday introduced a bill that would make it a crime to provide gender-affirming medical care to transgender youth under the age of 18.
The “Protection of the Innocence of Children Act” bar many medical procedures used to treat gender dysphoria in transgender minors, including puberty blockers and particular surgeries that allow individuals to modify their bodies “to match a gender that differs from their biological sex.”
The legislation would deny federal funding for gender-affirming health care.
On a Thursday appearance On Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the Georgia Republican called the care “child abuse” and argued it needed to be stopped.
“As for ‘gender-affirming care,’ which is actually child abuse, it’s actually assault and it’s child abuse,” he said. she stated.
“This practice should never happen,” she added before delving into the surgeries some transgender minors have undergone. “It must be illegal.”
Under the bill, anyone performing such care faces a sentence of 10 to 25 years in prison, as well as a maximum fine of $250,000, according to The Hill.
The bill follows the passage of an Alabama law that makes it a crime for doctors to help transgender youth under the age of 19 receive gender-affirming care.
Earlier this year, a federal judge partially barred Alabama from enforcing its law; the drug portion of the ban remains in effect, but healthcare providers are still able to offer puberty blockers and hormone therapy.
Greene’s legislation, which has 14 GOP co-sponsors, would also prevent colleges and universities from offering any instruction in gender-affirming care.
MP on Friday tweeted that JD Vance and Blake Masters, the GOP Senate candidates in Ohio and Arizona, respectively, said they would both support the bill if elected to the upper house this fall.
The bill has virtually no chance of passing the current Democratic-led Congress, but Republicans have sought in recent months to tie transgender care to broader cultural issues across the country.