Florida Senate Republicans OK treatment ban for trans minors, restrictions for trans adults

The Florida Senate on Tuesday passed a plan that would bar doctors and other health care providers from offering treatments such as puberty blockers and hormone therapy to transgender minors.

The bill (SB 254) would largely put into law rules approved by state medical boards, but it also could lead to felony charges for doctors who provide the treatments to minors.

Bill sponsor Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, said the treatments, which also could involve surgery, are “experimental” when provided to children.

“I believe we need to let kids be kids,” Yarborough said. “And our laws need to set appropriate boundaries that respect the rights

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