Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 08:21 am
A U.S. medical advocacy group, Do No Harm, has recently unveiled a model legislation aimed at encouraging states to enact laws safeguarding individuals from irreversible medical interventions related to gender confusion. The “Detransitioner Bill of Rights” serves as a sample legislative framework for states to adopt and protect Americans grappling with gender identity issues. This document emphasizes the rights of citizens, including informed consent, quality medical care, public transparency, insurance coverage, legal restoration, and justice.
The legislation commences by presenting facts that are often reiterated by conservatives, highlighting the severe adverse consequences associated with medical interventions for gender confusion. Puberty blockers have been linked to potential infertility and impaired bone growth, while cross-sex hormones have shown an increased risk of heart-related problems. In line with growing international concern, several European countries, including France and Sweden, have issued warnings against these drugs, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has added a warning label to one puberty-blocking medication. Moreover, emerging research suggests a strong connection between gender confusion and peer pressure, often exacerbated by social media influence.
The document also challenges the assertions made by organizations such as the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), which it claims “greatly exaggerate the mental health benefits of hormones and surgeries while understating the risks and uncertainties.” Personal testimonies from detransitioners, individuals who have reversed their course on gender-affirming procedures, indicate inadequate disclosure of risks and insufficient exploration of psychological and emotional issues before administering hormones and surgeries. Recent months have witnessed a surge in lawsuits against medical professionals and organizations involved in irreversible surgeries for gender-confused minors in the name of “gender affirmation.” Disagreements range from claims of professional pressure to allegations that healthcare providers ignored the root causes of gender confusion.
The document enumerates six rights for citizens in the context of medical interventions for gender confusion. It stipulates the requirement for informed consent, emphasizing that treatment necessitates verbal and written notification of potential negative impacts and the lack of supporting evidence. Parents and guardians should have access to their children’s medical records, and health professionals failing to comply could face up to a year of medical practice suspension. Gender-confused minors should be free to access mental health care with parental knowledge and consent, and medical organizations must maintain detailed records and provide annual reports to the legislature.
Regarding insurance coverage, the legislation holds facilities using state funds to provide gender transition procedures equally accountable for funding detransition procedures. The legislation also calls for an expedited process for changing sex, name, pronouns, and other information on legal documents when they have previously been changed to align with a person’s perceived gender identity.
Lastly, the document establishes strict and personal liability for medical professionals who violate the legislation, requiring them to financially support the detransition process for their minor patients for 25 years after performing irreversible chemical or medical interventions.