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The Iowa legislature has taken the first step in protecting minors from sex-change surgeries and treatments in the state of Iowa.

House Study Bill 214 will prohibit a healthcare professional from knowingly engaging in or causing specified practices to be performed on a minor or referring a minor to another healthcare professional to perform the practices to be performed for the purpose of attempting to alter the appearance of or affirm the minor’s perception of the minor’s gender of sex if the appearance or perception is inconsistent with the minor’s sex.

This would include prohibiting the prescribing or administering of puberty blockers, hormones and surgeries.

A violation of the prohibition would be considered unprofessional conduct and subject the provider to discipline by the appropriate licensing board.

There is also a path for a lawsuit.

Republican Representatives Steven Holt and Skyler Wheeler will serve on the subcommittee with Democrat Rep. Ross Wilburn.

The subcommittee is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m.

Author: Jacob Hall


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