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An organization that works to oppose the injection of radical gender ideology into medicine is releasing model legislation that would provide legal remedies for so-called detransitioners who are seeking a way to reverse the effects of gender transition surgeries.
The Detransitioner Bill Of Rights, which was created by medical nonprofit Do No Harm and obtained exclusively by The Daily Wire, aims to address the spike in minors who come to regret their decision to undergo sex change treatments. It would help give those seeking to detransition financial access to medical treatments that would help reverse the effects of the transition procedures, as well as the ability to bring legal action against those who pushed the radical treatments on them.
“Medical professionals should publicly acknowledge the plight of detransitioners and research ways to help and support those who regret undergoing these procedures,” Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, the organization’s chairman, told The Daily Wire, adding that the model legislation is “a crucial step in protecting the rights and well-being of children who have been subjected to experimental sex change treatments.”
The model legislation notes that there has been a spike in “individuals known as detransitioners,” who’ve been “subjected to physiological interventions to alter their appearance and bodily functions to align with their perceived sex” but went on to experience “a resolution of any inconsistency” with their actual sex. It goes on to detail a wide-reaching set of policies that could be enacted by state governments concerned with the well-being of detransitioners.
The legislation highlights many risks associated with such interventions, asserting that states have a “compelling government interest in protecting the health and safety of its citizens, especially vulnerable children and adolescents.”
It also affirms a right to informed consent, demanding that healthcare professionals make patients aware that the administration of puberty blockers for those who identify as transgender has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Use of puberty-blocking drugs can lead to “severely decreased bone density, heart disease, stroke, and cancer” while also increasing “the risk of your child or adolescent being sterilized.”
The legislation from Do No Harm would also empower detransitioners who underwent transition procedures as minors to bring a civil suit against the professionals who performed them. Such suits would be able to cover “the real value of the costs of detransition procedures” and “any other appropriate relief,” as well as attorney fees.
“Any healthcare professional or physician who provides a minor with a gender transition procedure is strictly liable to that minor if the treatment … results in any injury, including physical, psychological, emotional, or physiological harms, within the next 25 years,” the model legislation asserts.
It goes on to outline requirements for insurance coverage for detransition procedures. “If any insurance policy includes coverage for gender transition procedures, the policy must also include coverage for detransition procedures,” one line of the document reads.
“I couldn’t be more grateful for the 22 states that have banned or restricted gender transition procedures for minors. I’ve testified in many state legislatures, and I hope more states will act,” said Chloe Cole, a detransitioner who uses her personal experience to shed light on the dangers of sex change procedures. “Yet many state lawmakers have also asked me what the next step is. My answer is simple: Now it’s time to protect the rights of detransitioners like me and countless others who’ve had their bodies altered and lives ruined.”
Another portion of the Detransitioner Bill Of Rights stipulates that any gender clinic that uses state funds in service of gender transition procedures “must, as a condition of receiving such funds, agree to provide or pay for the performance of detransition procedures.”
The model legislation would also require the state’s health agency to compile data pertaining to the number of insurance claims made for detranisitioners. “Any gender clinic operating in the State must provide a report of statistics regarding all gender transition procedures” to the state health agency, it notes.
“The Detransitioner Bill of Rights is a significant step toward helping young people who’ve been funneled toward treatments that can lead to life-long suffering,” Do No Harm Executive Director Kristina Rasmussen asserted. “We cannot remain passive while the well-being and rights of children are at risk.”