A Florida House panel on Wednesday approved a sweeping measure that would prohibit doctors from providing gender-affirming care to transgender minors, including children already receiving treatment such as puberty blockers or hormone therapy.
The proposal (HB 1421), approved in a 12-5 vote by the House Healthcare Regulatory Subcommittee, also would ban health-insurance companies from covering gender-reassignment surgeries for transgender people.
Bill sponsor Randy Fine, R-Brevard County, equated gender-affirming care for children with child abuse.
“This is not care. This is an abomination,” Fine told the panel. “It is not health care to cut someone’s body parts off.”
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