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Gender-Affirming Care Ban in South Carolina Sent to Governor’s Desk

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Gender-Affirming Care Ban in South Carolina Sent to Governor’s Desk

In Columbia, South Carolina, lawmakers recently affirmed a critical move regarding gender-affirming care for minors. The measure prohibiting healthcare providers from administering gender-affirming care such as puberty blockers, hormone therapy, and surgeries to transgender minors was favored, and is now on its way to Governor Henry McMaster. The Republican governor is fully expected to endorse it.

Repercussions of the Legislation

This House Bill 4624, which was approved by South Carolina representatives, comes with a certain measure of respite for current beneficiaries of the medical services. If the bill becomes law, youngsters presently under the care regimen would be allowed a “tapering off period” up to January 31. The medical interventions are expected to stop entirely after this specified date.

The pending law makes a heavy blow by also banning the application of public funds “directly or indirectly” for gender-affirming care. Some LGBTQ proponents, expressing their views on the constraint, have noted that it will hamper transgender adults within South Carolina from accessing Medicaid programs that could assist with shouldering the cost for such treatments.

Other States Follow Suit

South Carolina, if the pass gets a nod from McMaster, is set to align itself with about 24 other American states in restricting access to gender-affirming care for underaged individuals. A majority of these regional divisions reside in the southern parts of the nation.

Public Schools Role

Additional elements included in the passed bill underline the importance of public schools. If a student indicates a need to use different names or pronouns inconsistent with the sex at their birth, the obligation rests on the school to inform the parents or guardians of such student.

McMaster’s Stance

Expressing his views earlier this year, McMaster deemed the prohibition as a “good idea.” The motivation behind his endorsement is to “prevent our young people from making irreversible errors.” He, however, concedes that adult decisions on gender-affirming medical care might warrant a different conversation.

Reactions from Stakeholders

Cathryn Oakley, the senior director of legal policy at the Human Rights Campaign has voiced her concerns, notably emphasizing the overreach of legislative power in this case. The American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among other professional bodies, have voiced opinions against laws that target transition-related medical care for transgender individuals.

In a counter-move, the Southern Trans Youth Emergency Project, run by the Campaign for Southern Equality will work to provide support for transgender youths in the South Carolinas should the bill be enacted as a law. The group intends to offer information and financial assistance to affected families to help support continuity of care.


Gender-Affirming Care Ban in South Carolina Sent to Governor's Desk

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