OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a invoice Tuesday concentrating on medical remedies for transgender youth and known as on the GOP-controlled Legislature to impose a statewide ban when it returns in February.
The invoice signed by the first-term Republican, who’s up for reelection subsequent month, authorizes greater than $108 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act for well being providers on the University of Oklahoma Medical Center.
It prohibits any of the money from getting used for gender reassignment medical therapy on kids below 18 years outdated. Oklahoma Children’s Hospital at OU Health at present gives medical providers associated to gender id for these as much as age 24, together with puberty blockers, gender-affirming hormone remedy, and assist discovering surgeons who carry out gender-affirming surgical procedures, in accordance with its web site.
Stitt additionally known as for the Legislature to ban a few of these gender reassignment remedies statewide when it returns in February, saying in an announcement that he needed a prohibition on “all irreversible gender transition surgeries and hormone therapies” on minors.
Transgender medical treatment for children and teens is increasingly under attack in many Republican-led states, labeled as child abuse and subject to criminalizing bans. But it has been available in the United States for more than a decade and is endorsed by major medical associations.
Oklahoma’s action comes amid a spate of threats against doctors and institutions that provide medical care for transgender kids, with children’s hospitals nationwide increasing security and working with law enforcement.
OU’s Medical Center confirmed last week it was stopping some gender-affirming medical treatments but declined to specify which services they would no longer offer.
Civil rights groups denounced the governor and Legislature for the new law.
“Medical decisions belong to patients, their parents, and their doctors,” Tamya Cox-Toure, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, said in a statement. “Yet politicians, attempting to appeal to their base during an election year, have continued their attacks on bodily autonomy by coming between those directly impacted and the care they need and deserve.”
Oklahoma’s Legislature already focused transgender younger individuals earlier this year with new legal guidelines that limit their capacity to play sports activities or use faculty loos in step with their gender id.