(Headline USA) Republican lawmakers introduced a bill this week that would allow adults to sue doctors who perform experimental gender reassignment procedures on them as minors.
The Protect Minors from Medical Malpractice Act, sponsored by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and the House Republican Study Committee, would empower patients upon whom gender reassignment procedures were performed, or their legal guardians, to sue medical providers for declaratory or injunctive relief up to 30 years after the patient turns 18, in addition to compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorney’s fees, according to Fox News.
“Gender-transition procedures aren’t safe or appropriate for children,” Cotton said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, radical doctors in the United States perform dangerous, experimental, and even sterilizing gender-transition procedures on young kids, who cannot even provide informed consent. Our bill allows children who grow up to regret these procedures to sue for damages. Any doctor who performs these irresponsible procedures on kids should pay.”
The bill cites a March memo from the Department of Health and Human Services, which encouraged medical practitioners to begin offering “gender-affirming care,” including social affirmation, puberty blockers, and cross-sex hormone therapy, during early adolescence.
The bill would also prevent the federal government from forcing medical practitioners to offer gender reassignment procedures, and would block federal funds from going to states that force medical providers to perform them.
“The Biden administration released official guidance recommending irreversible and life-altering surgery for minors too young to apply for a learner’s permit,” said Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., chairman of the House Republican Study Committee.
“These procedures lack any solid evidence and have been rejected by public health agencies around the world. Ten years from now, there will be hundreds of thousands of Americans who were permanently scarred by the radical Left’s agenda before they reached adulthood.”