Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) pledged his support for legislation prohibiting children from receiving gender transition operation in an interview with podcaster Lisa Boothe.
DeSantis stated during a recent “Truth with Lisa Boothe” interview that he would back a ban on the operations for minors.
“The Florida Dept. of Health has put forward recommendations for treating gender dysmorphia, suggesting against puberty blockers and hormones, but do you support a state law that bans any of those medical treatments for children?” Boothe enquired at one point during the podcast.
Gov. DeSantis agreed and stated that gender-affirming treatment, such as gender-confirmation surgery, would be treated the same as allowing a 12yo to get a tattoo — which is not permitted in the state.
“I would prohibit — yeah, I’d ban sex changes and operations,” DeSantis stated. “I believe it’s something that – you can’t get a tattoo if you’re under the age of 12. When they say ‘gender-affirming treatment,’ what they really mean is that you’re castrating a young boy or sterilizing a young girl.”
In April, the Florida Dept. of Health issued a statement on gender dysmorphia, which dismissed transgender therapies for kids.
A part of the report read, “Systematic studies on hormonal treatment for children show a trend of low-quality scientific evidence, small data sizes, and medium to high bias risk. A paper released in the International Psychiatry Review states that 80% of those wanting clinical care will lose their goal of identifying as the non- birth sex. One review says that ‘hormonal treatments for transgender teens can achieve their intended physical effects, but evidence about their psychosocial and mental impact is generally lacking.'”
Instead, the department advises families to look for assistance from professional counseling.
The new guidelines advised against using social transition therapy on children or young people. “Puberty blockers and hormone therapy should not be given to anyone under the age of 18,” the report said. “Surgery for gender transition should also not be offered to kids or adolescents.”
Additionally, “encouraging mastectomy, uterine extirpation, ovariectomy, penile disablement, tracheal shave, the prescription of hormones that are out of line with the child’s genetic make-up or puberty blockers are all clinical procedures that carry an unnecessarily high risk of doing harm.”
During the interview, DeSantis also stated that 80% of gender dysphoria cases “self-resolve” as the young people mature.