Maine lawmakers in the state House Judiciary Committee approved a piece of legislation that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to undergo hormone therapy to get gender hormone therapy without the consent of their parents.
Only one Democrat on the Judiciary Committee opposed the bill, which passed through the committee by a vote of 7-1 and is sponsored by Rep. Erin Sheehan D-Biddeford. The bill, L.D. 535, would allow minors aged 16 and 17 to receive cross-sex hormone therapy without the approval of their parents if they have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria.
“The goal of this proposal is to protect the lives of young trans people who will certainly be harmed in a delay of gender-affirming care,” Rep. Sheehan remarked.
She also argued that medical transitions are being
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