Georgia State Rep. Ginny Ehrhart (photo below) announced her sponsorship of the bill that makes it a felony to give testosterone or estrogen treatments to transgender minors.
Ehrhart is calling it the “Vulnerable Child Protection Act.”
“This legislation would make it a felony to perform radical surgery on, or administer drugs to, a minor child for the purpose of attempting to change their gender,” according to a press release. “We are talking about children who have not reached the legal age of consent, and yet are being subjected to life-altering, irreversible surgeries and drug treatments that render them sterile and permanently disfigured,” she said in the press release. “The psychological damage this does to innocent children must come to an end.”
Project Q Atlanta reports, “LGBTQ activists and lawmakers immediately hit back at Ehrhart’s announcement. Ehrhart is making several false claims, according to Chanel Haley, gender inclusion manager for Georgia Equality.”
“What she wrote is actually wrong,” Haley told Project Q Atlanta. “There aren’t any doctors that are doing any sort of surgeries on any children around gender identity at all. That’s just not a standard that doctors do. It’s also not true that these testosterone blockers cause infertility.”
“And if you’re so concerned with LGBTQ children’s well-being, then maybe you should keep them from being placed in foster care situations that are abusive,” she added. “LGBTQ kids are being denied homes or told to change their behaviors or identities in order to be placed.”