A measure that would have prohibited transgender operations on youngsters in the state of Louisiana was killed by a vote of Democrats and a Republican state senator from Louisiana.
In a 5-4 vote on the Health and Welfare Committee, Republican state Sen. Fred Mills joined the Democrats in opposing the passage of a bill that would’ve prohibited the use of cross-sex hormones, puberty inhibitors, and operations “to modify a minor’s appearance in an effort to verify a minor’s understanding of his sex, if the minor’s perception is incompatible with his sex.”
Prior to being sent to the state Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, the measure had already cleared the House by a vote of 71–24. The measure included a ban on transgender procedures, “that artificially creates tissue exhibiting a physical appearance of genitalia different to the minor’s sex, such as metoidioplasty, phalloplasty, and vaginoplasty.”
The “Stop Harming Our Kids Act” was proposed by Republican Rep. Gabe Firment.
“The conclusion of today’s Senate Health & Welfare Committee hearing leaves me feeling really dissatisfied. Simply put, HB648 safeguards Louisianan kids against experimental, sometimes irreversible sex change practices. Bipartisan support helped the measure pass the House with ease, and I am convinced that the entire Senate would have approved this crucial piece of legislation, which has the support of the majority of Louisianans. It is regrettable that in a state Senate committee chamber today, the public’s voice was muted. We will continue to fight to enact this law and safeguard Louisiana’s children regardless of the cost and despite the forces positioned against us,” he declared in a statement that was obtained by The Daily Wire. “Louisiana continues to be the only state in the South to permit its children to suffer harm by these experimental practices.”
Firment said that the transgender therapy business was profitable for everyone involved during the testimony he provided at the hearing.
“Senators, I want you to think about how profitable these experimental operations are for the gender business when you hear evidence from individuals in the healthcare sector who are opposed to this measure. Up to $50,000 may be spent on a single subcutaneous implant of a puberty inhibitor,” Firment continued. “We are aware that giving children hormone inhibitors at a young age almost invariably results in giving them very high doses of wrong-sex hormones, mutilating operations, and a lifetime of being big pharma along with the gender industry’s slaves.”
Firment expressed concern that since legislation has been passed in close-by Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas, transgender treatments for children from other Southern states may now be performed in Louisiana.