Another State Bans Gender-Affirming Care

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( – On Tuesday, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) signed a bill that would ban any gender-affirming procedures or treatment for minors. 

In a post on social media platform X, McMaster argued that he had signed the Help Not Harm bill in order to protect those under the age of 18 in the state from pursuing procedures that could be damaging and irreversible. He added that the bill also blocks any public funds from being used for these procedures. He then stated that he was looking forward to being joined by other lawmakers next week for the signing of the ceremonial bill. 

House Bill 4264 specifically stated that a mental or health care provider will not be allowed to knowingly provide gender transition procedures to any individual who is still considered a minor, meaning that they are under the age of 18. Those who knowingly do so could face disciplinary action by the appropriate licensing board and jurisdiction that they are under. 

LGBTQ advocacy group SC United for Justice and Equality leader Chase Glenn argued that across the state South Carolina was mourning because of the bill’s passing. He added that this bill was going to make it significantly harder for adults and transgender youth to receive life-saving healthcare that they could require. 

He added that despite this loss, their movement would continue to support the transgender people in South Carolina and that they would continue to try to get lawmakers to hear from them. He noted that it was up to them to support their community through the crisis they were currently going through.

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