Rep. Cyndy Jacobsen sponsors bill to protect minors from transgender treatments

Rep. Cyndy Jacobsen is sponsoring a bill this session that would disallow cross-sex hormones, puberty blockers, and surgeries for minors in Washington.

“This is a sensitive subject, but we need to have this discussion,” said Jacobsen, R-Puyallup. “There’s no question we should be kind to everyone, but the medical community has gotten it wrong in the past, particularly around mental health. We need to protect our children, so it’s time to take a closer look at what we allow them to do.”

Under House Bill 2241, a licensed health care provider could not knowingly engage in or cause any of the following practices to be performed on a minor if the practice is performed for the purpose of attempting to alter the appearance of, or affirm the minor’s perception of, the minor’s gender or sex, if that appearance or perception is inconsistent with the minor’s sex:

  • Prescribing or administering gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogues or other synthetic drugs used to stop hormone secretion, drugs used to block the androgen receptor, or any drug to suppress or delay normal puberty.
  • Prescribing or administering testosterone, estrogen, or progesterone to a minor in an amount greater than would normally be produced endogenously in a healthy individual of that individual’s age and sex.
  • Performing surgeries that sterilize, including castration, vasectomy, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, orchiectomy, and penectomy.
  • Performing surgeries that artificially construct tissue with the appearance of genitalia that differs from the individual’s sex, including metoidioplasty, phalloplasty, and vaginoplasty.
  • Removing any healthy or non-diseased body part or tissue.

“Whether or not this bill gets a hearing, I hope it will at least get the conversation started,” said Jacobsen. “We need to carefully consider the irreversible ‘treatments’ we allow for minors. Children are not allowed to purchase cigarettes, get a tattoo, or sign legal contracts.

“So, should we really allow ‘gender affirming care’ for minors, which can include puberty blockers and even surgery, particularly without parental notification? We need to take a deeper look at the long-term effects of gender affirming care.

“Minors who seek ‘gender affirming treatment’ and transgender youth should be treated with respect and love. We should have unbiased counseling for them, but we should also have an open discussion about the harm these treatments can have.”

House Bill 2241 has been referred to the Health Care and Wellness Committee but has yet to receive a hearing.


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