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West Virginia bill would protect minors from transgender treatment

House Judiciary Chairman Moore Capito presides over a public hearing on a bill that would ban minors from accessing gender-affirming surgery and hormone therapy at the West Virginia state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Associated Press/Photo by Leah Willingham

West Virginia bill would protect minors from transgender treatment

The West Virginia House passed a bill on Friday that would ban physicians from performing transgender surgeries on minors or prescribing hormone treatments to them. The legislation passed 84-10, and supporters of the bill say there is not enough long-term data about the risks to justify the treatments. The legislation will now go to the state Senate before heading to the governor’s desk.

Are other states considering this type of legislation? More than 20 other states are considering similar bans, and Utah’s governor signed his state’s bill into law last week. A judge is reviewing Arkansas’ law after it was temporarily blocked last year.

Dig deeper: Read Adele Fulton’s report in Liberties on doctors fighting requirements for providing “gender-affirming” care.

Lauren Canterberry

Lauren Canterberry is a reporter for WORLD. She graduated from the World Journalism Institute and the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism, both in 2017. She worked as a local reporter in Texas and now lives in Georgia with her husband.

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