New Hampshire: no more "sex change" surgery on minors
The American state has approved a bill that prohibits surgeons from carrying out operations such as the removal of ovaries and breasts for females and the removal of penises and testicles for males on people under 18 years of age. The bill states that these interventions violate the patient's "informed consent" and emphasizes that studies have not shown a decrease in the risk of suicide among minors after the interventions. Indeed: the danger increases

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New Hampshire is preparing to ban children under 18 from undergoing sex change surgery. Last Thursday the New Hampshire House has approved a bill, also with the help of some Democratic deputies in this sense. House Bill 619 prohibits doctors from performing “any genital gender reassignment surgery,” that is, the removal of the uterus, ovaries, and breasts in the case of women; of testicles and penis for man, to anyone in New Hampshire under the age of 18 and also prohibits health care providers from referring minors to other out-of-state hospitals. The measure is now on the table of Governor Chris Sununu, a Republican, for signature. If passed into law, New Hampshire will become the 21st state to ban this type of surgery on minors, after Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia, according to U.S. News and World Report.

“Until 16 months ago, these procedures were prohibited by (medical) guidelines”, said Rep. Erica Layon, a Derry Republican and one of the bill's sponsors. In the September 2022, however, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health changed its line and authorized interventions on minors. "Instead it's important to wait – explains Layon – because we don't know enough. How can we tell parents that the procedure is effective if there is no data?”.

The bill states that gender reassignment surgery violates the patient's "informed consent" because it requires "adequate information" and "ability to decide" and "absence of coercion". “Parents believe they are faced with a choice between their child's suicide or consent to sex reassignment surgery,” the law explains.. The text reiterates that studies have shown no decrease in the risk of minor suicide after surgery. Indeed, in some research a "significant increase” in suicides and psychiatric hospitalizations.

The text also underlines that There is a lack of high-quality clinical studies providing outcome data on pubertal suppression and sex hormones administered to dysphoric young people.

Original article here

Translation and adaptation by Elena Bandiera


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