Ron DeSantis pushed effort to stop child sex changes in Florida

February 3, 2023

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced legislation to help stop child sex change procedures in his state.

DeSantis shared the details during a press conference this week that seeks to halt gender transition surgeries on minors.

The governor's words

"This is sad, but this is going on in our society. They're giving teenagers, kids puberty blockers… they're doing sex change operations," DeSantis said.

"If you're performing those procedures, on these minors, you're gonna lose your medical license here in Florida," he continued, adding that he will work with legislation to make sure that "we put that into statute so that you're able to have accountability in that sphere."

DeSantis also recently called out a journalist for using the phrase “gender-based care” to refer to sex changes.

"What do you mean by gender-based care? You mean like sex-change operations?" asked DeSantis.

"I don't think we use that term. You used it, so I'm asking you to define it. Do you include puberty blockers in that?" he added.

The growing response

DeSantis is not the only conservative leader pushing for legal changes in this area. Former President Donald Trump also attacked child sex change surgeries in a recent campaign video.

Trump vowed to stop the "chemical, physical and emotional mutilation of our youth on day one" if he is elected. "Under my leadership, this madness will end," Trump said in the post.

The pushback against child sex change operations continues to grow nationwide. Some states, such as Oklahoma, are already nearing the passing of legislation to stop the procedures, drawing the attacks of claimed civil rights groups planning lawsuits in response.

The concerning child sex change procedures certainly deserve close attention by lawmakers, including a close look at current laws and ways they can be strengthened to protect children from harmful medications or procedures that can leave lifelong changes on a young person's body. The issue will also remain a political one as candidates ramp up attacks leading toward the 2024 presidential election.

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