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Illinois lawmaker introduces bill to punish doctors for providing health care to trans people

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An Illinois bill filed by a Republican lawmaker, the Youth Health Protection Act, would punish doctors for providing transition-related health care to trans youth.

Rep. Tom Morrison’s bill, HB 3515, would prevent doctors from giving hormone prescriptions or providing transition-related surgeries for young trans people under the age of 18. If they do, it will be considered “unprofessional conduct” subject to discipline by a licensing entity or disciplinary review board, which could result in their license to practice suspended or revoked. The bill also prevents medical doctors or mental health providers from referring trans youth to a doctor for transition-related health care.

On Wednesday, lawmakers held a hearing for the bill. It is now in the Informed Consent subcommittee.

Myles Brady Davis, communications manager and press secretary for Equality Illinois, said, “It’s trying to get in between a medical professional, parents, and their children. They’re basically trying to do that because of somebody’s identity. We’re going down a slippery slope if we’re going to allow a lawmaker to discriminate against somebody because of their identity. What if somebody decided he just doesn’t like people with cancer? Are we going to stand in between them and accessing care? It just blows my mind that a bill like that........

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