A state representative in Georgia is in the midst of drafting a bill that would make it a felony for doctors to help minors obtain gender transitions.
Rep. Ginny Ehrhart, a Republican who represents Powder Springs, announced her sponsorship of the “Vulnerable Child Protection Act” by way of a press release issued on Wednesday.
The bill would prohibit doctors from performing gender transition surgeries on minors or prescribing medications to aid them in transitioning.
“We’re talking about children that can’t get a tattoo or smoke a cigar or a cigarette in the state of Georgia but can be castrated and get sterilized,” Ehrhart told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Ehrhart has said the timing of her proposal is no accident.
“I believe the time is now to strike while the iron’s hot,” she told the Marietta Daily Journal. “There is an alarming trend in this country, as evidenced by stories we’ve seen in the news media, and I have received many concerning phone calls and emails from constituents and Georgians across the state that are concerned about the trend in treating the issue of gender dysphoria.”
The Georgia lawmaker is likely alluding to the case of Jeffrey Younger, a Texas dad fighting to stop what he claims is his ex-wife’s attempt to subject their son, James, to a gender transition against his will.
A public outcry erupted last week following various new legal developments in the case.
Ehrhart is targeting Georgia physicians who perform gender surgeries on minors and that her bill “is not about adults changing their gender after the age of consent.”
“The psychological damage this does to innocent children must come to an end. This legislation makes such abusive actions criminal,” she told the Daily Journal.