Tuesday, May 02, 2023

Legislators, OCPA praise signing of ban on "gender transition" procedures for children

Sen. Daniels, Rep. Hasenbeck issue statements after Gov. Stitt signs SB 613, prohibiting gender transition procedures for minors

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 2nd) – Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, and Rep. Toni Hasenbeck, R-Elgin, issued the following statements after Gov. Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 613 into law, banning gender transition surgeries and hormone therapies for children under the age of 18.

"I commend Governor Stitt for signing SB 613.  This law protects children and families from making life changing, irreversible decisions until the child reaches some level of maturity to better understand the risks and irreversible effects of gender transition procedures.  These children are in very real distress. They deserve to have attention focused on their behavioral and mental health care, not rushing them into making adult decisions as a child.” – Sen. Julie Daniels

"It's common-sense that teenagers sometimes make decisions without realizing or understanding the long-term consequences of their actions, and SB 613 will help prevent any irreversible effects. I'm glad to see this legislation signed into law and will always stand to protect Oklahoma's children." – Rep. Toni Hasenbeck 

OCPA praises signing of ban on child sex-change surgeries

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 2, 2023)—Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs President Jonathan Small today praised Gov. Kevin Stitt and members of the Oklahoma Legislature for approval of a new law that prevents children from undergoing sex-reassignment surgeries, cross-sex hormones, or puberty blockers before age 18.

“Youth cannot get a tattoo, buy cigarettes, vote, get a commercial driver’s license, buy a gun, or legally consume alcohol, and are limited in their ability to be bound by a contract, before they are 18 to 21 years of age,” Small said. “This law simply puts the same safeguards in place regarding permanent, life-altering surgeries and hormone treatments.”

Senate Bill 613 states, “A health care provider shall not knowingly provide gender transition procedures to any child.” The bill passed both chambers of the Oklahoma Legislature last week, receiving supermajority support in both the state House of Representatives and the state Senate.

“Even under the best of circumstances, puberty is a time of wildly swinging emotions and impulsive decision-making, and we’ve seen far too many public expressions of regret and sorrow from individuals who sought to transition genders as teens, only to later reverse course when it was too late to avoid lifelong medical challenges created by their ‘treatment,’” Small said. “Governor Kevin Stitt and the many lawmakers who have worked diligently to put these common-sense protections in place deserve our appreciation, including Sen. Warren Hamilton, Rep. Jim Olsen, Sen. Julie Daniels, Rep. Toni Hasenbeck, Rep. Kevin West, Sen. David Bullard, Sen. Nathan Dahm, Sen. Shane Jett, and Sen. Rob Standridge.”

The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs is a free-market think tank that works to advance principles and policies that support free enterprise, limited government, individual initiative and personal responsibility.


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