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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

GOP Lawmaker Pushes FELONY Charges For Minors' TRANSGENDER Surgery: 'We're Talking About CHILDREN'

In this March 18, 2014 photo, Dr. Kim Seok-Kwun, center, operates a sex change surgery at the operating room at Dong-A University Dr. Kim is a pioneer in slowly changing views on sexuality and gender in the country, where many have long considered even discussions of sexuality a taboo. As Dr. Kim begins what will be 11 hours of surgery meant to create a functioning penis for a Buddhist nun, he is well aware of the unease his work creates in this deeply conservative country. The devout Protestant known as the “father of South Korean transgender people” once wrestled with similar feelings. “I’ve decided to defy God’s will,” Kim said in an interview before the nun’s recent successful surgery to become a man. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Victor Morton

A Georgia lawmaker is drafting a bill that would punish doctors with felony charges for helping a minor change sex using surgical procedures or hormones.
State Rep. Ginny Ehrhart, Powder Springs Republican, said her bill would protect children from having irreversible medical procedures done at age when they are uncontroversially categorized as too young to give real consent.
“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,” she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Georgia currently requires a parent to consent to a minor’s surgery or prescribed medication. Ms. Ehrhart said certain details remained uncertain as she is still drafting a bill, but she said it might also prevent parents from consenting to gender-transition procedures.
“There may be some implication for the responsibility of the parent to subject the child to this sort of dangerous medical intervention,” she said.
The bill would not bar doctors from working with transgender adults.
Citing a press release from Ms. Ehrhart, the Journal-Constitution reported that the bill would ban “mastectomy, vasectomy, castration and other forms of genital mutilization” for the purpose of changing sexes as well as prescribing “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,” the press release said.
Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, told the AJC that Ms. Ehrhart’s bill is “shameful” and part of a “dangerous trend from the most conservative forces to demonize and strip transgender individuals of their humanity.”

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