Florida Republicans Continue Attacks On Trans Youth; File Transgender Youth Medical Care Ban
Florida Republicans Continue Attacks On Trans Youth, File Transgender Youth Medical Care Ban
Tallahassee, Fla - Florida Republicans are continuing their shameful attack on transgender youth. The Transgender Youth Medical Care Ban Bill filed today by State Representative Anthony Sabatini (R-Clermont) would criminalize doctors for providing life-saving care for transgender youth.
Full statement by Nadine Smith, Equality Florida’s Executive Director on H.B. 211:
“Make no mistake, this legislation has nothing to do with the health and safety of children. In fact, it gets in the way of doctors providing care and stops parents from doing what is best for their kids. The bill filed today by Representative Anthony Sabatini is cut and paste language from right-wing political strategy groups like the Heritage Foundation that seek to put a target on the backs of transgender youth as an election strategy to mobilize far-right voters.
Rep. Sabatini has cultivated a reputation for sponsoring extremist bills, and GOP leaders in Tallahassee are increasingly embracing his extremism. They’re making passage of language first introduced by him a legislative priority, including last session’s Transgender Youth Sports Ban.
Leadership has fired their first shot across the bow of LGBTQ equality for the 2022 legislative session and we will fight to protect the health and safety of every child they target.”