By: Nate James
A Georgia lawmaker has proposed making gender transition surgeries on minors a felony offense.
PJ Media reports that Republican State Representative Ginny Ehrhart “wants to make it a felony for doctors to perform gender transition procedures on minors, including mastectomy, vasectomy, castration, and other forms of genital mutilation, and ban the prescription of puberty-blocking drugs and cross-sex hormone therapy.”
In response to Ehrhart’s proposal, Jeff Graham of the group Georgia Equality, said, “This legislation would criminalize decisions that are made carefully within families in consultation with medical professionals and mental health professionals. Supporting children in recognizing their gender identity is not only humane, it saves lives and strengthens families.”
Walt Heyer, a former transgender woman who provides support to others who regret gender change at SexChangeRegret.com, wrote recently for USA Today:
You will hear the media say, “Regret is rare.” But they are not reading my inbox, which is full of messages from transgender individuals who want the life and body back that was taken from them by cross-sex hormones, surgery and living under a new identity.
After de-transitioning, I know the truth: Hormones and surgery may alter appearances, but nothing changes the immutable fact of your sex.
“We’re talking about children that can’t get a tattoo or smoke a cigar or a cigarette in the state of Georgia but can be castrated and get sterilized.”
Nate James writes from Texas.