Montana blocks bill to ban gender affirming surgery in youth
Added 04-20-21 09:03:02pm EST - “The Montana Senate voted Tuesday to indefinitely postpone a bill that would have banned gender affirming surgery for transgender minors, effectively killing the proposal.” - Washingtontimes.com
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Senate voted Tuesday to indefinitely postpone a bill that would have banned gender affirming surgery for transgender minors, effectively killing the proposal.
The measure had faced significant opposition from medical experts, transgender people and human rights advocates, who testified earlier this year that gender affirming surgery is rarely undertaken by minors, but medical decisions should be left up to families.
“We came together today to protect trans kids and make sure their parents control their health care, not the government,” said Democratic Sen. Bryce Bennett, the first openly gay man elected to the Montana Legislature.
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Bennett made the motion to indefinitely postpone the bill. The motion passed on a 27-22 vote, with eight Republicans joining all Democrats in supporting it.
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