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Billdata Timeline
04.02.2020
bill:reading:1, bill:introduced: Senate
Filed for introduction
05.02.2020
bill:introduced: House
Intro.
05.02.2020
bill:reading:1, bill:introduced: House
Filed for introduction
06.02.2020
: House
P1C.
06.02.2020
bill:introduced: Senate
Introduced, Passed on First Consideration
10.02.2020
committee:referred: House
P2C, ref. to Judiciary-- Health
10.02.2020
: Senate
Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Judiciary Committee
11.02.2020
committee:referred: House
Assigned to s/c Criminal Justice Subcommittee
26.02.2020
: House
Placed on s/c cal Criminal Justice Subcommittee for 3/3/2020
03.03.2020
: House
Action Def. in s/c Criminal Justice Subcommittee to 3/17/2020
11.03.2020
: House
Placed on s/c cal Criminal Justice Subcommittee for 3/17/2020
17.03.2020
: House
Meeting Canceled
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Please, vote NO on HB2576

Please, vote NO on HB2576 when it comes before the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on March 3.

This bill is bad for youth and it is bad for healthcare providers.

This bill is trying to outlaw the recommended treatment approach for children questioning their gender identity. Institutions including the Endocrine Society, American Medical Society, American Psychological Society, American Psychiatric Association, and American Academy of Pediatrics all advocate for supporting children as they navigate gender identity concerns. And they all agree that safely guided gender transition in children (in collaboration with parents and medical providers) is not a criminal offense, but standard and ethical practice.

 

Denying best practices in medical care and support to transgender youth can be life-threatening.  It has been shown to contribute to depression, social isolation, self-hatred, risk of self-harm, and suicidal behavior.  Research shows that transgender youth whose families support their gender identity have a 52% decrease in suicidal thoughts, a 48% decrease in suicide attempts, and significant increases in self-esteem and overall health.

 

Labeling doctors who provide the current ethical standard of care as child abusers is another dangerous feature of this bill.  The law should not drive a wedge between doctors and patients. 

 

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This bill interferes with the ability of transgender youth to access vital gender-affirming health care.

who will receive your email?

Andrew Farmer Representative

Karen Camper Representative

Clay Doggett Representative

G. A. Hardaway Representative

William Lamberth Representative

Brandon Ogles Representative

Antonio Parkinson Representative

why sign?

  • This bill puts doctors in danger of being labeled child abusers for providing ethical care.
  • This bill denies health care to transgender youth.