On Wednesday, Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers exercised veto power over a new bill that sought to safeguard children from irreversible hormone and transgender surgeries.
The legislation, which was approved by the state legislature under Republican control, would have prohibited practices such as performing double mastectomies on girls who self-identify as boys and administering puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to minors.
Sexual hormones can influence fertility, cardiac health, and bone development.
Although the Republican Party maintains a veto-proof majority in the Senate, it trails by two seats in the state Assembly.
Evers made another harmful mistake. Such a life-altering decision should be made when you're an adult, not a child. Many countries, including Norway, Sweden, Finland, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, do not allow for gender transition surgery before the age of 18. https://t.co/0P9Lsebf7n
— Speaker Robin Vos (@SpeakerVos) December 6, 2023
Republicans successfully overrode the veto of Democratic Governor Andy Beshear, which prohibited transgender procedures on minors, in the state of Kentucky.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos condemned the misguided nature of Evers’ veto.
Over twenty states have enacted legislation to safeguard minors from transgender procedures.
Evers, a candidate for re-election in 2022, has obstructed legislation supporting the conservative position on voting, abortion, and firearms rights.