Legislation has been introduced in the Arizona State Legislature that would ban the horrific practices of gender-reassignment surgery and hormone therapy for children. Urge your state legislators to support this important bill!
Senate Bill 1702 (SB 1702) is sponsored by Senator Justine Wadsack (R-Tucson) and Representatives Rachel Jones (R-Tucson) and Cory McGarr (R-Marana).
If enacted, SB 1702 would ban all gender-reassignment procedures and hormone therapy for children, preventing these horrific practices from occurring in Arizona.
In March 2022, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill that ostensibly banned such practices in Arizona. However, the bill did not ban puberty blockers, nor did it address children who were already undergoing hormone therapy. Furthermore, the bill only banned “irreversible” gender reassignment, an important distinction as a single pill is not considered “irreversible” — in other words, the 2022 legislation kept most gender mutilation legal in Arizona.
The evidence is clear that gender-reassignment surgery and puberty blockers are horrific practices that must be banned for children. Multiple studies have found that they have absolutely no scientific basis, and other studies have found that puberty blockers and gender-reassignment surgery have severe health effects. Furthermore, many children eventually regret undergoing these procedures. It has also been found that some doctors engage in these practices for financial reasons.
Enacting SB 1702 is important also because the United States has the most permissive policies for child gender mutilation worldwide — not even the socialist European countries have policies so extreme. And this comes as the U.S. federal government is attempting to go even further.
Contact your state representatives and senator, and urge them to support SB 1702, to fully ban child gender mutilation in Arizona.
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