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Republican legislators in the state of Oklahoma have introduced a bill to ban all gender surgeries for those 21 and under as the state continues to take steps to restrict the practice.

House Bill 1011 would ban surgeons from prescribing drugs like puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones as well as banning sex change surgeries for individuals under the age of 21.

The bill outlines that healthcare professionals who violate the law will “be guilty of a felony punishable by fine not to exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00), or by confinement in the custody of the Department of Corrections for a term not to exceed ten (10) years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.”

In addition to banning these surgeries, the law also blocks these surgeries from being tied to public funding which would allow the state to take funding away from public institutions, like university hospitals, if they went against the law, according to The Daily Wire.

The groundwork for this legislation came in October when Gov. Kevin Stitt (R-OK) signed a bill that banned gender transition surgeries on minors at the University of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. The bill required the hospital to halt all procedures if they want to continue to receive millions of dollars in Covid-19 relief money.

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“By signing this bill today we are taking the first step to protect children from permanent gender transition surgeries and therapies,” Governor Stitt said in a statement at the time. “It is wildly inappropriate for taxpayer dollars to be used for condoning, promoting, or performing these types of controversial procedures on healthy children.”

“I am calling for the Legislature to ban all irreversible gender transition surgeries and hormone therapies on minors when they convene next session in February 2023,” Stitt said. “We cannot turn a blind eye to what’s happening all across our nation, and as governor, I will not allow life-altering transition surgeries on minor children in the state of Oklahoma.”

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It’s clear that the Oklahoma legislators were listening: “It’s irresponsible for anybody in health care to provide or recommend life-altering surgeries that may later be regretted,” State Rep. Jim Olsen, who introduced the bill, stated about the bill.

“We know there are some people who undergo the gender transition process and later identify as their biological sex,” the state representative explained. “Performing irreversible procedures on young people can do irreparable harm to them mentally and physically later in life.”

It is becoming increasingly clear that legislators across the country are taking notice of the dangerous effects that these surgeries and drugs have on young people. Thanks to activists like The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh, Americans are opening their eyes and legislators are taking notice.

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