Last Updated on November 3, 2019
A lawmaker from Cobb County wishes to criminally prosecute medical professionals who assist in the gender transitions of children.
State Rep. Ginny Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, states that the legislation she wishes to propose serves to protect young children from irremediable procedures down to them at an early age.
The current law concerning the procedure for a child to transitions requires the signed consent of at least one parent, before surgery or puberty blockers can be administered.
Ehrhart’s bill is still in the process of being draft, but it has been revealed that medical professionals, who go ahead with the transition for children, could be charged with a felony offense.
Medical professionals transitioning adults will not be affected by the proposed bill.
“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,” Ehrhart said.
According to AJC, Jeff Graham, the executive director of the LGBTQ rights organization Georgia Equality, slammed the Ehrhart’s proposal as “shameful.”
Graham went onto say: “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.”
Specific procedures that Ehrhart said would be banned — if the measure is approved by the General Assembly — include “mastectomy, vasectomy, castration and other forms of genital mutilation” for the purpose of gender transition. Banned medications would include giving minors “puberty-blocking drugs to stop or delay normal puberty and cross-sex hormone therapy.”
“The removal of otherwise healthy or non-diseased body parts from minor children would also be prohibited,” her press release states.
The proposal comes off the back of a controversial case involving 7-year-old Texan boy, James Younger, whose mother adamantly wished to transition him into a girl named, ‘Luna.’
The story broke international news, polarizing the debate on social media.