A Republican lawmaker from California has introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would make it illegal to perform sex reassignment procedures or interventions on minors.
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.), elected in 2013, introduced the “Protecting Children from Experimentation Act,” or H.R. 8012, on Aug. 11.
He argued in a tweet posted Tuesday that secular society “has quickly ‘normalized’ gender experimentation under the guise of an ‘accepting’ political ideology rather than biological reality.”
“Our children should not have to pay the high price for these unethical medical interventions,” added the lawmaker.
Jessica Anderson, executive director of Heritage Action for America, praised LaMalfa’s proposal, which she argued will “protect our children.”
“Children are precious and our future,” she said, “and they are worth defending. No child should be forced to undergo medically unnecessary, life-altering procedures in the name of progressive gender ideology.”
She continued, “No taxpayer should be forced to pay for these harmful ‘reassignment’ procedures for any individual. I applaud Rep. LaMalfa for taking action to protect our children.”
In March, a 23-year-old individual filed a lawsuit against a government-sanctioned gender clinic in the United Kingdom, claiming she should have been challenged more thoroughly my medical staff before moving forward with her teenage sex change, BBC reported.
Medical experts around the world have warned an increasing number of patients suffering with gender dysphoria are regretting their decisions to transition to the opposite sex.
Professor Miroslav Djordjevic, a leading genital reconstruction surgeon, told the Canadian news outlet National Post that the number of patients returning to have their procedures reversed are “on the rise.”
“Those wishing the reversal, Djordjevic says, have spoken to him about the crippling levels of depression following their transition and in some cases even contemplated suicide,” reported the Post.
Djordjevic said it “can be a real disaster to hear these stories.”