The state legislature in Louisiana just passed a new piece of legislation that would ban the use of cross-sex hormone therapy, sex change operations on children, and puberty blockers, which means it’s now headed to Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk to be signed. This absolutely the right path forward in dealing with this dangerous new trend that is destroying the lives of young people across the country.
According to The Daily Wire, “The State Senate passed the bill along party lines by a vote of 29-10 on Monday, while the State House approved the bill 75-25 on Tuesday. If the bill is signed into law, doctors who provide medical sex change interventions could have their licenses revoked for a minimum of two years.”
“Thanks to the bi-partisan support of the Louisiana State Senate, we are one step closer to protecting children in Louisiana from experimental chemical and surgical sex change procedures,” the legislation’s sponsor, state Rep. Gabe Firment, stated , going on to add “HB648 has passed both chambers of the state legislature with veto-proof majorities, and the people of Louisiana have made it clear that our children are worth fighting for.”
“The passage of this important legislation would not have been possible without the help of courageous detransitioners, brave Louisiana physicians and advocates, and parents and grandparents across our great state,” he continued.
As of this writing, Edwards has not indicated whether or not he plans to sign the bill into law or will use his veto power, though he has claimed in recent times that legislation concerning LGBT issues are “damaging” and don’t “address any real problems.”
Republicans do have enough members within the State Senate and the House to overturn the veto, should that be the course of action Edwards takes.
“The legislation, HB 648, was previously rejected in committee back in May by a tie-breaking vote from Republican State Sen. Fred Mills, who argued that he ‘relied on science and data and not political or societal pressures.’ Following the initial rejection of the bill, the Senate voted 26-11 to reassign it to a new committee, allowing it to be considered a second time,” the Daily Wire said.
Should the bill be signed into law, the state of Louisiana will be added to a growing list of states in the country that have put laws into effect as a means of protecting their children from allowing them to make life-altering medical decisions that could have dire, long lasting consequences. So far, other states that have passed similar legislation includes Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Idaho, Iowa, the Dakotas, and Indiana.
“It is my sincere hope that Governor Edwards will allow this bill to become law, ensuring that Louisiana children receive compassionate mental health care and a future filled with hope, happiness, and opportunity,” Firment stated in conclusion.
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