Missouri House committee advances proposal to restrict transgender health care

Missouri House committee advances proposal to restrict transgender health care

JEFFERSON CITY — After hours of public testimony last week on several measures targeting transgender Missourians, state lawmakers on Wednesday introduced two proposals and said they intend to do the same for some others. .

House committees considered a series of bills that would, in general, create new requirements related to bathrooms and locker rooms in public schools and workplaces, change gender-related definitions in state law, allow medical professionals to refuse gender transition care, and Enacts an indefinite ban on gender-affirming medical care for minors.

At a meeting on Wednesday, the committee proposed two measures: One would allow health care professionals and institutions to refuse to provide “transgender or gender identity change” care that conflicts with “moral, ethical or religious beliefs.” . Another measure would ban the use of hormones and puberty blockers by minors indefinitely and apply to all minors in the state. Both are now included in one bill.

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Last year, lawmakers enacted a ban on gender reassignment surgeries and the prescription of puberty blockers and hormone treatments for minors. The prescription ban is currently set to expire in 2027 and has a grandfather clause allowing minors who were taking puberty blockers or hormones before last August to continue treatment.

Rep. Jamie Johnson, D-Kansas City, said she was disappointed the committee was advancing the legislation so early in the session, even though Republican leadership had said it was not a priority.

“I want to say publicly that I am deeply disappointed by the disparity between our actions and our words,” Johnson said.

House and Senate leadership both said during the first week of the session that they were comfortable with last year’s transgender health care ban and did not plan to prioritize it this year.







Committee meets at Missouri State Capitol

Dickson State Rep. Bill Hardwick speaks during a committee meeting at the Missouri State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, in Jefferson City.


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No progress was made Wednesday, although committee chairman Dickson Rep. Bill Hardwick said five measures related to bathroom and sex-related definitions were being discussed.

“I think what the bill sponsors are doing is important work. So we’re going to continue to have that conversation,” he said.

When asked by The Post after the hearing, Hardwick did not provide any details about the nature of the discussions or who was involved.

Rep. Ashley Aune, D-Kansas City, the ranking minority member on the committee, said she had no information on why another group of bills was held up, but said it was likely because There was no consensus on the bills in committee. On the content of the legislation.

Among the proposals that have not yet reached the next step are two that would change Missouri’s anti-discrimination statute, known as the Missouri Human Rights Code. People would limit definitions of sex and gender to “male” or “female,” thereby excluding trans people from any legal definition of sex or gender. Another option would both exclude transgender people from gender-related definitions in the state’s anti-discrimination statutes and impose gender requirements on public school bathrooms.

Katy Erker-Lynch, executive director of Missouri LGBTQ advocacy group PROMO, said last week that lawmakers would “weaponize our state’s Bill of Rights, which is designed to protect all Missourians” Tools created to protect people from discrimination.”

Two other proposals not yet moving forward would require public schools to designate multi-user restrooms and locker rooms as “male” or “female,” which would prohibit transgender students from using multi-user restrooms. They will need written parental permission and will need to use “alternative accommodation”. Another bill would ban “employers from requiring employees to share multi-person restrooms or changing areas with transgender people.”

In addition to the House bathroom-related legislation, the Senate also supports bathroom restrictions in public schools. Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, added a provision to his Parental Rights Act legislation on Tuesday that would ban transgender students from using multi-purpose restrooms in public schools.

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Whistleblower Jamie Reed, who worked at the University of Washington’s transgender children’s clinic, discussed legislation and other topics surrounding transgender health care issues during a Missouri House hearing on Wednesday, January 17, 2024.Video provided by House; Editing by Beth O’Malley

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Committee meets at Missouri State Capitol

Dickson State Rep. Bill Hardwick speaks during a committee meeting at the Missouri State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, in Jefferson City.


Christine Tannous, Post-Scheduling


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