Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has introduced a bill that would make it illegal to perform gender-affirming surgeries on minors; Greene calls it “child abuse.”
“When it comes to ‘gender-affirming care,’ which is really child abuse, this is actually an assault and it’s child abuse,” Greene said during an appearance on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight.
“This practice should never happen,” Greene continued. “It’s so disgusting and appalling … this needs to be illegal.”
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From The Hill:
Under Greene’s bill, anyone who “knowingly performs any gender-affirming care on a minor” is guilty of a class C felony, carrying a punishment of 10 to 25 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, Greene’s office said.
The measure is similar to a first-of-its-kind Alabama law passed earlier this year that makes it a felony, punishable by up to a decade in prison, for doctors or others to assist transgender youth younger than 19 in accessing gender-affirming medical care, including puberty blockers or hormone therapy.
A federal judge in May partially blocked state officials from enforcing the law, ruling that Alabama had not produced any credible evidence that gender-affirming health care is “experimental” and parents – not the states or the federal courts – play the primary role in caring for their children.
Attorneys for the state have sought to appeal the decision.
Greene’s bill would also prohibit institutions of higher education from providing instruction on gender-affirming care and bar doctors that have provided gender-affirming care to a minor from receiving visas or being admitted to the U.S.