The mayor of Boise, Idaho has issued the claim that the state’s new bill that bans gender reassignment surgeries for minors just “endangers kids.”
It has officially been made a felony by House Bill 675 for anyone who “knowingly engages in any of the following practices upon a child that circumcise, excise, infibulate, or mutilate the reproductive organs and parts of a child, for the purpose of attempting to change or affirm the child’s perception of the child’s sex if that perception is inconsistent with the child’s biological sex.”
This new bill outright bans puberty blockers, hormone treatment, and surgeries — which are procedures that are quite often referred to as “gender-affirming care” by various transgender activists and the liberal media.
Lauren McLean, the mayor of Boise and a Democrat, stated in a release that she is “committed to ensuring every kid in Boise has a chance to grow up safe.”
“House Bill 675 does the opposite and not only endangers kids in Boise, but across Idaho,” she continued. “Transgender youth are under an incredible amount of stress that often leads to depression and suicide. Age-appropriate, medically necessary, best practice gender-affirming health care can save their lives.”
McLean also stated that the bill would “make that care illegal and attempts to question and scrutinize the very existence of transgender youth, who are our family members, friends, and neighbors.”
“I hope the Idaho Senate respects these young people, their parents, and their doctors enough to allow them to make these decisions themselves without legislative interference,” the Mayor added.
The author of the bill, Republican state Rep. Bruce Skaug, stated that it is all about “protecting children,” which is a move that he called “a legitimate state interest,” as reported by one local outlet KTVB.
“We need to stop sterilizing and mutilating children under the age of 18,” he stated, the outlet reported. “This bill is not about the adults or adult trans community at all; it is about children.”
This issue in Idaho crops up just after Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) told the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to open an investigation into the parents of kids who have been through “so-called ‘sex change’ procedures.”
The administration of Old Uncle Joe put forth a warning this past week that it would be taking “immediate action if needed” to try and protect any kids taking part in transgender surgery procedures.
“This is government overreach at its worst,” Biden stated in a release. “Like so many anti-transgender attacks proliferating in states across the country, the Governor’s actions callously threaten to harm children and their families just to score political points.”
“These actions are terrifying many families in Texas and beyond,” he concluded. “And they must stop.”