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Bill Approved to Limit Treatment for Transgender Youth

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Should Treatment for Transgender Youth be Limited by Law?

A bill sent to the Senate in South Dakota would penalize physicians who provide treatments for transgender youth.  Lawmakers from other states are considering similar bills as advocacy groups stand in opposition. Read on to learn about the debate around House Bill 1057. You are reading page 4 of Bill Approved to Limit Treatment for Transgender Youth. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

Tweety has 28 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac.

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9 hours ago, KalipsoRed21 said:

I agree that sexuality and gender are solidified in adolescence. I still do not agree, even with the most sure of adolescence, that any healthy pediatric patient should be allowed to under go complex medical procedures for the sake of their appearance. And the excuse that they feel ‘wrong’ in their body and it is ‘more than’ their appearance are still emotional issues more than physiological ones.
 

Cleft palet, for example, is a deformity that prevents proper nutrition for an infant or child. For the physical health of the child it needs to be fixed. Otherwise I would say that it shouldn’t be fixed until the kid is 18 and can make that decision as an adult. Anything that doesn’t need to be done for the physical health of a child should not be allowed until they are 18.


 

Well agree to disagree and I respect your opinion.  Transgenderism to me isn't an "emotional issue" and I'll leave it at that.

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Tweety has 28 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac.

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7 hours ago, Serhilda said:

......it seems unwise to allow a child to make life-altering decisions potentially based on stereotypes.

It is very unwise.  A child, or an adult for that matter,  just can't say "I'm in the wrong body, and I want surgery" and then get it.  They must undergo months and even years of extensive testing and psychological counseling before any type of therapy is started, never mind surgery.   Someone that is just a tom boy female or a feminine boy would not pass the test.  

 

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1 hour ago, Tweety said:

It is very unwise.  A child, or an adult for that matter,  just can't say "I'm in the wrong body, and I want surgery" and then get it.  They must undergo months and even years of extensive testing and psychological counseling before any type of therapy is started, never mind surgery.   Someone that is just a tom boy female or a feminine boy would not pass the test.  

 

I believe this is the concern where young people are concerned - The only person I have ever known personally to have gender affirming surgery went through 4 years of counseling and emotional preparation prior to having the surgery.  The teen window is very narrow 13-17 years (4 years) . In my work with adolescents I have seen young people being scheduled for these surgeries with parental consent at 15, far to young to have undergone the counseling we speak of. Now I have met young people who are on hormone suppression to slow expression of secondary sex characteristics(puberty). The idea here being limiting emotional distress while the decision is being made. Still as long as no public funds go to paying for this I feel it's a decision for parents and their teens. 

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We say someone is not mature enough to buy alcohol, tobacco, firearms until they are 21. Why are they now mature enough to make a decision like this?  Don’t get me wrong I am not saying someone should not get this surgery if they feel they really need it but they should have the mental maturity to say yes. What happens when the 17 year old has the surgery then they are 25 and the feel it was a mistake. 

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