Utah Bans Transition Care for Transgender Youth



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Ben Arnoldussen

Gov. Spencer Cox from Utah signed a bill this past Saturday that will block underage individuals from receiving gender-transition health care, which is vital for people of this degree. The law prohibits transgender youth in the state from receiving gender-affirming surgery and places an indefinite ban on hormone processes, with very limited exceptions. 

Mr. Cox, a Republican, states “White we understand our words will be of little comfort to those who disagree with us, we sincerely hope that we can treat our transgender families with more love and respect as we work to better understand the science and consequences behind these procedures.”

Governor Cox was one of two Republican governors last year to veto a bill that would have barred transgender students from participating in girls’ sports. At the time, he cited the high rates of suicide among transgender youth and acknowledged the concerns of transgender advocates that the bill would adversely affect the mental health of transgender children.

More information on these kinds of events happening in the United States will be closely monitored as many red states are moving towards anti-LGBTQ+ laws and restrictions.

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