In a move that has outraged many on the left, Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill this week banning genital mutilation and the use of cross-sex hormones on minors.
According to Breitbart, the legislation is known as Senate Bill 480, and it defines gender reassignment surgery as being,
Any medical or surgical service that seeks to surgically alter or remove healthy physical or anatomical characteristics or features that are typical for the individual’s sex, in order to instill or create physiological or anatomical characteristics that resemble a sex different from the individual’s sex, including genital gender reassignment surgery or non genital gender reassignment surgery knowingly performed for the purpose of assisting an individual with a gender transition.
Breitbart noted that the bill does permit doctors to prescribe puberty blockers and hormone therapy in instances where a child suffers from a "verifiable disorder of sex development."
Breitbart quoted a statement from Holcomb which read, "Permanent gender-changing surgeries with lifelong impacts and medically prescribed preparation for such a transition should occur as an adult, not as a minor."
Holcomb's decision to sign the bill was welcomed by Indiana Republican Sen. Mike Braun, who said it is needed to protect children.
"A child cannot consent to irreversible sex change surgery, and Indiana will no longer allow children to take dangerous drugs with long-term consequences like puberty blockers and hormone therapies in the name of extreme gender theories," Braun tweeted.
A child cannot consent to irreversible sex change surgery, and Indiana will no longer allow children to take dangerous drugs with long-term consequences like puberty blockers and hormone therapies in the name of extreme gender theories.
— Senator Mike Braun (@SenatorBraun) April 5, 2023
Bills like the one Braun signed are supported by people like Prisha Mosley, a woman who is in the process of detransitioning. She told Fox News last month that her transition experience left her feeling like a "medical monster."
However, Time magazine reported that the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana (ACLU) has vowed to fight the bill in court.
Trans youth deserve joy.
Trans youth deserve safety.
Trans youth deserve respect.
Trans youth deserve support.
Trans youth deserve to play sports.
Trans youth deserve health care.
Trans youth deserve better.
— ACLU of Indiana (@ACLUIndiana) April 6, 2023
"In addition to targeting an already vulnerable group, this law blatantly disregards the rights of parents and families to make decisions about their children’s health," Time quoted the group's executive director as saying.
"The ACLU is dedicated to overturning this unconstitutional law and is confident the state will find itself completely incapable of defending it in court," she added.