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Republican wants to stop feds from letting trans youth get health care behind parents’ backs

Louisiana state senator “Big Mike” Fesi Photo: Louisiana State Senate A bill proposed last week in the Louisiana Senate would require that trans youth get at least one parent’s signature giving permission for them to receive any kind of gender-affirming care, including talk therapy.

While he didn’t specifically name any instances, Louisiana Sen. Mike Fesi (R) claimed that “there is a lot of stuff going on all over the country giving kids the ability to make their own decisions at a young age.” But even though he wants to add a legal requirement for gender-affirming care specifically, he claims that his bill will make it “just like any other medical treatment.”

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Fesi’s proposal, S.B. 104, was pre-filed last week with the state senate, which has a Republican majority of 27 members and 12 Democrats. The proposal will go before the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare when the chamber opens its regular session on April 12.

If enacted into law, S.B. 104 calls for requiring “prior informed written consent” from parents or guardians for minors to receive “gender therapy.” Both parents must give consent, or at least one parent […]

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