Utah Bans Gender-Reassignment Health Care for Transgender Youth

    Utah Bans Gender-Reassignment Health Care for Transgender Youth
    Last updated Jan 30, 2023
    Image credit: AP [via New York Post]


    • Utah's Republican Governor Spencer Cox on Saturday signed a law banning transgender surgeries and hormone treatments for minors who have not yet been diagnosed with gender dysphoria.[1]
    • The GOP-controlled state legislature began considering the bill on Jan. 17, just two days after the government session opened, with Cox signing it one day after it was sent to his desk.[2]
    • The hotly-debated bill was sponsored by Republican state Sen. Michael Kennedy who argued that gender-affirming procedures "lack sufficient research" and are "radical and dangerous," while fellow GOP state Sen. Daniel Thatcher worried that the measure could potentially ban life-saving care for trans youth.[3]
    • The bill also calls on the Utah Dept. of Health and Human Services to conduct a "systemic review of the medical evidence regarding hormonal transgender treatments," which Planned Parenthood defines as either injecting "feminizing (estrogen) or masculinizing (testosterone) hormones."[4]
    • At least 18 states are reportedly considering equivalent bills targeting reassignment health care for transgender youth.[2]


    Left narrative

    Cox has ignored the warnings of medical organizations, civil rights activists, and the families of transgender youth. This is a horrifying violation of the rights to privacy and life-saving health care. Claims of protecting vulnerable youth with these laws ring hollow with those who know these children best: their parents and doctors.

    Right narrative

    The science is far from settled on this topic and its consequences. Even the left's own studies show that hormone treatment provides no mental health benefits for boys and very little benefit for girls. Depression and suicide and depression rates are so high among these children because they lack real therapeutic care, and nothing will change until the medical establishment puts the truth over political brownie points and profits.

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