Prohibiting Gender-Affirming Medical Care for Youth

by Kerith J. Conron and Kathryn O’Neill

An estimated 16,750  transgender youth in the U.S. ages 13 and older are at risk of being denied gender-affirming medical care due to proposed state bans.

Eight U.S. states are currently considering bills to deny gender-affirming care to transgender youth. Most of the bills would criminally punish or professionally discipline medical providers who deliver gender-affirming care to minors. In two states, parents could be reported to child welfare agencies for facilitating access to gender-affirming care for their children.

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