Seven states have cracked down in 2022 on cross-sex medical procedures for children, such as puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries.
Alabama, Arizona, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Oklahoma banned medical transitions for minors in 2022, joining a handful of states which had already done so.
Advocates of these procedures claim they are linked to better mental health outcomes for children with gender identity issues, but the research supporting that point is weak.
“The current standards set by numerous professional organizations appear to follow a preferred political ideology instead of the highest level of generally accepted medical science. Florida must do more to protect children from politics-based medicine. Otherwise, children and adolescents in our state will continue to face a substantial risk of long-term harm,” a letter from the Florida Department of Health read.