(Idaho Family Policy Center Press Release, February 14, 2023)
BOISE, IDAHO – Idaho Family Policy Center, a pro-family Christian ministry, celebrates the passage of its “Vulnerable Child Protection Act” (House Bill 71) by the Idaho House of Representatives. It now moves to the Idaho Senate for consideration.
The legislation, which is sponsored by Representative Bruce Skaug (R-Nampa) and Senator Lori Den Hartog (R-Meridian), bans puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and sex reassignment surgeries for children struggling with gender dysphoria.
As many as 95 percent of children struggling with gender dysphoria will naturally grow out of it and accept their biological sex if they are allowed to pass through puberty, according to data from the American Psychiatric Association.
But too many of these children are pushed into irreversible interventions at the hands of medical professionals who practice so-called ‘gender-affirming care.’ That is why six other Republican-led states have enacted laws protecting children from these medically unnecessary drugs and procedures.
A statement from Blaine Conzatti, President of Idaho Family Policy Center:
“We’re excited that a veto-proof supermajority of state representatives voted today to protect vulnerable children struggling with gender dysphoria.
“The evidence is clear: these so-called ‘gender-affirming treatments’ wreak havoc on developing bodies. No child should face irreversible infertility, chronic health problems, and mutilated reproductive organs because their doctors violated the Hippocratic Oath to ‘do no harm.’
“These children need real help, not medically unnecessary procedures that result in lifelong harms.”