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SC Shuts Down Trans Procedures for Underage Patients!

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster recently took a decisive stand by signing into law a bill that prohibits transgender procedures and treatments for minors. This move reflects a growing trend among conservative-led states to safeguard children from controversial medical interventions.

The new law, known as the Help Not Harm bill, marks South Carolina as the 25th state to enact legislation aimed at curbing such procedures. Governor McMaster emphasized the importance of protecting children from irreversible gender transition procedures and ensuring that public funds are not used for these purposes.

Under the law, medical professionals are prohibited from conducting gender-transition surgeries, prescribing puberty blockers, and administering hormone treatments to patients under 18 years old. Exceptions exist for legitimate medical circumstances, such as prescribing puberty blockers for children with early puberty due to medical conditions.

Additionally, the law mandates schools to inform parents if their child expresses a desire to use a different name or pronouns. This provision aligns with the broader aim of involving parents in decisions regarding their children’s health and well-being.

South Carolina’s action comes amidst a global reevaluation of transgender treatments for minors. In England, the National Health Service (NHS) recently announced a halt to puberty blocker prescriptions for children, citing serious safety concerns and insufficient evidence supporting their effectiveness.

The NHS decision follows a review by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) regarding the use of puberty blockers, highlighting a shift in approach due to rising concerns and increased referrals to gender clinics. Experts caution against the potential risks and urge a more cautious approach in prescribing such treatments.

Governor McMaster’s signing of the Help Not Harm bill reflects a conservative stance prioritizing parental rights, child welfare, and a cautious approach to medical interventions for minors, resonating with broader concerns about the impact and efficacy of transgender treatments in young individuals.

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