Missouri lawmakers push bill to save children from gender transition procedures

Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images The Missouri state flag is seen flying outside the Missouri State Capitol Building, Jan. 17, 2021, in Jefferson City, Mo.

Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Missouri lawmakers move forward with bills targeting transgender youth health care, sports
  • The Republican-led House voted to push forward in a committee this week with HB 2649 or the “Missouri Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act,” which bars physicians and health care professionals employed by state and local governments from providing “gender transition procedures” to anyone under the age of 18. It also prohibits state or locally-run facilities from performing the procedure on minors.
  • The legislature also voted for an amendment to HB 1973, which would require transgender students in high school to play on the sports teams of the same biological sex listed on their birth certificate.
  • The SAFE Act also states that any health carrier or health benefit plan on or after Jan. 1, 2023, will not include reimbursement for gender transition procedures for an individual under 18 years of age, nor will it be required to provide coverage for gender transition procedures.
  • Both bills will move forward and await to be heard on the floor in front of the full chambers.

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