Florida continues to ban puberty blockers and sex reassignment surgeries on minors

A joint committee of Florida’s two medical boards voted last week to draft a rule that would ban puberty blockers and other treatments for gender dysphoria for minors in the state.

The Florida Board of Medicine and the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine on Friday voted to proceed with a plan that would ban anyone under the age of 18 from undergoing sex reassignment surgery or taking hormones. The vote came after nearly five hours of discussion, during which experts and the public gave their opinions.

“It’s a lifelong transformative effect for kids,” Blaise Trettis said, according to Click On Orlando. “I don’t think they are emotionally or psychologically capable of making that lifelong decision.”

Others spoke out against the ban, including a transgender woman who said banning such treatments was “just plain wrong”.

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A protester holds the trans flag and snaps in solidarity with fellow speakers during a demonstration at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio June 25, 2021.

A protester holds the trans flag and snaps in solidarity with fellow speakers during a demonstration at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio June 25, 2021.
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“There are lives at stake here,” said Amy Rachel. “Some deliberately spread misinformation about the transgender community and about the types of treatments that are available and being carried out.”

The panels will meet on Nov. 4 for a final vote on the plan, Click on Orlando reported.

The panels agreed in August to begin a 120-day process to begin drafting rules for treating gender dysphoria in children.

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The move comes after the Florida Department of Health and Human Services issued guidance in April rejecting federal government guidance that advocated puberty blockers and “partially reversible” hormone therapy as methods of “affirming care” for minors. Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo criticized the federal directive as a political move that lacks evidence to support youth.

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and Gov. Ron DeSantis at a news conference in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Thursday, January 6, 2022. (Joe Cavaretta/Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and Gov. Ron DeSantis at a news conference in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Thursday, January 6, 2022. (Joe Cavaretta/Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
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“The federal medical institution issuing guidelines that fail at the most basic level of academic rigor shows that it was never about health care,” Ladapo said in a statement. β€œIt was about infecting our children’s health with political ideology. Children with gender dysphoria should have family support and guidance, not pressured into an irreversible decision before they are 18.”

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The state guidance added: “[s]Systematic reviews of hormone treatment in young people show a trend of low-quality evidence, small sample sizes, and moderate to high risk of bias.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday opposed a CDC recommendation to include the COVID-19 vaccine in the agency's recommended schedule for children.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday opposed a CDC recommendation to include the COVID-19 vaccine in the agency’s recommended schedule for children.
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Under the administration of Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the state health agency ruled this summer to ban health care providers from billing through the state’s Medicaid program for treatments such as sex reassignment surgery, puberty blockers or hormone therapy.

DeSantis said in August that doctors who “disfigure” young children “due to gender dysphoria” would face legal action.

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“They don’t tell you what that is … They give double mastectomies to very young girls, they want to castrate these boys,” DeSantis said over the summer. “Both from a health and welfare perspective, you don’t disfigure 10, 12, 13 year old kids because of gender dysphoria, 80% of them resolve as they get older anyway… So why? To do this?”

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