The law expires on Aug. 28, 2027, and also prohibits transgender adults from access to transgender health care under Medicaid, and bars ‘gender-affirming’ surgery for prisoners and inmates.
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Doctors who violate the law will have their medical license revoked. The law also grants the attorney general’s office the authority to bring action against any person who violates the new policy.
“I suspect the numbers are actually much larger than this,” Richards added. “We just can’t track it all.”
The bill was passed nearly along party lines, with Republicans supporting it and Democrats opposing it. The new legislation was signed into law by Gov. Spencer Cox.
A federal judge has ruled against a Catholic-founded hospital in Maryland, contending that it discriminated in refusing to perform a hysterectomy on a woman who was pursuing a purported gender transition.
A doctor said she was not aware of any medical studies in 2017 that supported the irreversible surgeries a hospital clinic had been performing on minors, public records show.
The action would reverse Trump-era conscience protections which sought to allow medical professionals to opt out of performing procedures against their beliefs.
In June 2020, the Trump administration finalized a rule removing the expansive definition of “sex” from section 1557 and requiring that non-discrimination protections be interpreted in line with First Amendment freedoms.