TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Two Republican lawmakers have filed legislation to protect gender confused teens from access to drugs and medical procedures that bring unnecessary harm to their developing bodies.
On Friday, Rep. Randy Fine (R-Brevard County) and Rep. Ralph Massullo (R-Lecanto) filed HB 1421, which would prohibit doctors from administering puberty blocking drugs or performing sexual reassignment surgeries on anyone under 18 years old.
Additionally, the bill seeks to prohibit health insurance companies from covering these irreversible procedures. It would also stop publicly funded institutions – such as local governments and universities – from reimbursing such “gender clinical interventions.”
The bill seeks to codify into law protections mirroring those recently prohibited by the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine. Under the proposed legislation, doctors would lose their medical license if they are found to have violated the law.
HB 1421 would also prevent Floridians of any age from changing their birth certificate to list a sex different from what was originally listed.
Speaking at a public hearing last week, Rep. Fine compared doctors giving harmful drugs to kids and removing their body parts to Josef Mengele, a Nazi who experimented on prisoners in Auschwitz.