Georgia and Iowa are the most recent states to pass prohibitions on so-called ‘gender-transition’ surgeries amidst initiatives led by conservatives throughout the nation to stop the practice around the country.
Reuters has reported on this increase in the barbaric practice, labeling it with one of the media’s favorite Orwellian terms, “gender-affirming care.”
Georgia Senate Bill 140, which received Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s signature Thursday, “prohibit[s] certain surgical procedures for the treatment of gender dysphoria in minors from being performed in hospitals and other licensed healthcare facilities… so as to prohibit certain surgical procedures for the treatment of gender dysphoria in minors.”
Meanwhile, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) approved SF538 earlier this week, which mandates that medical professionals do not “knowingly engage in or cause any [treatments] for the purpose of attempting to alter the appearance of, or affirm the minor’s perception of, the minor’s gender ….”
Moms for America founder and president Kimberly Fletcher reacted to the news of Georgia’s policy, commenting, “We’re glad that policymakers across America are taking a careful look at what these harmful procedures can do to children. This new measure will give Georgia children the legal protections they desperately need.”
She added that although the Georgia legislation and similar bills are a turning point in the debate over protecting children, “there is still much work to be done,” as many states still defend the mutilation “by refusing to implement laws that would properly protect them.”
RedState reported that Georgia and Iowa are now the ninth and tenth states to pass bills banning the mutilation of children in the name of changing their gender, joining Mississippi, Florida, Utah, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, South Dakota, and Tennessee. The outlet also said that state legislatures in Missouri and Kentucky have forwarded similar legislation that will officially pass once a governor’s signature is received.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), whose state reportedly just commenced a child gender-transition ban, publicly recognized and commended a young woman named Chloe Cole, who was tragically subjected to these types of practices beginning at the young age of 13 years old. According to the governor, medical professionals surgically removed Cole’s breasts once she reached 16 years of age.
The remarks came during DeSantis’ State of the State address delivered on March 7.
“It’s sad that we have to say this, but our children are not guinea pigs,” DeSantis said during his proclamation. “We cannot allow people to make money off of mutilating them.”
WATCH: DeSantis recognizes Chloe Cole in fighting against child gender transition surgeries
"It's sad that we have to say this, but our children are not guinea pigs […] We cannot allow people to make money off of mutilating them." pic.twitter.com/ci49rKoCl6
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) March 7, 2023