Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Sen. Hamilton files bill to ban "gender reassignment" treatment for those under 21

Sen. Warren Hamilton files bill to prevent those under 21 from undergoing gender reassignment procedures

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Sen. Warren Hamilton, R-McCurtain, has filed Senate Bill 676 to prohibit anyone under the age of 21 from undergoing gender reassignment medical treatment in the state.

The measure would make it illegal for a person under the age of 21 to undergo gender reassignment medical treatment; for a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18 to obtain gender reassignment medical treatment for the child; or for a health care professional to intentionally perform gender reassignment medical treatment on a person who is under the age of 21.

The bill defines gender reassignment medical treatment as any health care to facilitate the transitioning of a patient’s assigned gender identity on the patient’s birth certificate to the gender identity experienced and defined by the patient. 

“These procedures and transitions are life-altering, and this decision shouldn’t be made by those unable to see the long-term effects of such treatments,” Hamilton said. “My concern is many of these children may be convinced by society at a young age that they are not the gender they were born as. It’s completely normal, for example, for girls to be ‘tomboys,’ but that doesn’t mean they should be a boy. Let’s leave these important decisions to adults.”

Under the proposed legislation, a person guilty of the provisions listed in the bill would be guilty of a felony with a punishment of three years up to life in prison, as well as a fine up to $20,000.

If signed into law, the measure would go into effect Nov. 1, 2022.


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