Greg Gianforte, Montana Governor, Ignores Son's Plea, Signs Controversial Law Banning Transgender Care for Minors
Author: Deborah Ross / 2023-04-29 13:45:34Montana Governor Greg Gianforte has signed into law a bill that prohibits transgender minors from receiving transitional hormone treatments and surgeries. The Republican governor signed the bill despite his son, who identifies as nonbinary, urging him to reject it.
The new law has been met with strong opposition from LGBTQ+ rights groups, who argue that it will deny young transgender people access to necessary medical care. Supporters of the law, on the other hand, argue that it will protect minors from making irreversible decisions about their gender identity.
Under the law, doctors and other medical professionals could face fines and the loss of their licenses for providing transitional care to minors. Transgender rights advocates have criticized the law as an infringement on the rights of young people to make decisions about their own bodies.
The bill's sponsor, Republican State Representative John Fuller, has said that the law is intended to protect children from «irreversible and life-altering» medical treatments. However, opponents of the law argue that it will only serve to increase discrimination and prejudice against transgender individuals.
Montana is one of several states to have recently passed laws restricting the rights of transgender individuals, particularly those who are minors. The new law is likely to face legal challenges in the coming months, as transgender rights groups seek to have it overturned.
Regardless of the outcome of those legal challenges, the law is likely to have a significant impact on the lives of transgender minors in Montana, and could set a precedent for similar legislation in other states.
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