New Hampshire Legislature Moves to Ban Certain Forms of Transgender Surgeries on Kids

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On Thursday, the House of Representatives of New Hampshire voted to approve a bill that would safeguard minors against certain irreversible transgender surgeries.

By a vote of 199-175, with twelve Democrats supporting the measure and two Republicans opposed, the bill was substantially weakened in comparison to its original form.

In its initial form, the bill intended to outlaw the administration of cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers to minors.

These substances have been associated with adverse effects on fertility, bone health, and cardiovascular function.

Additionally, procedures that remove the breasts of females who identify as boys would have been prohibited. As passed, the law prohibits only transgender genital procedures.

It is anticipated that the measure will clear the Senate and reach the desk of Republican Governor Chris Sununu, who has previously held a variety of socially liberal views, including opposition to a bill that would have granted parents greater oversight over school activities.

A second measure, which would permit establishments to restrict male access to female-only areas such as prisons, sports, and restrooms, was also approved by the Republican-controlled House and forwarded to the Senate, which is also dominated by Republicans.

In excess of twenty states, transgender procedures on minors are prohibited by law.

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