Utah becomes first state to ban gender-affirming care for trans youth in 2023

Utah becomes first state to ban gender-affirming care for trans youth in 2023

Jan 30, 2023 by CBS News

Key Facts

  • Politics January 29, 2023 / 7:07 PM / CBS News Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed a bill Saturday that bans hormone replacement therapy and gender-affirming surgery for transgender youth, making Utah the first state in 2023 to ban such care.
  • Senate Bill 16 provides new restrictions on trans youth seeking medical care in Utah, specifically banning "hormonal transgender treatment to new patients who were not diagnosed with gender dysphoria" before the bill went into effect, and "sex characteristic surgical procedures on a minor for the purpose of effectuating a sex change."
  • Department of Health and Human Services, "Early gender affirming care is crucial to overall health and well-being" for trans and nonbinary youth, "as it allows the child or adolescent to focus on social transitions and can increase their confidence while navigating the healthcare system."
  • Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images But the rights of trans Americans have continued to be up for debate in America, with more and more states introducing legislation that restricts or bans access to healthcare, prohibits trans people from participating in sports concurrent with their gender identities and more.

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