Mississippi just took a brave step forward in the culture war, passing a bill into law that bans genital mutilation surgeries and chemical castration drugs for children who claim to be “transgender.”
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves tweeted out the speech he made when signing the bill. He captioned the speech by saying “There are those attempting to push a sick and twisted ideology that seeks to convince our kids they’re in the wrong body and the solution is to drug, sterilize, and castrate themselves. To these radical activists I only have one thing to say: Not in Mississippi!” In the speech, he said:
Fundamentally, this is a war on objective scientific truth. And it’s a fight over basic biology. Today, far too many people are fearful of the online woke mob, which demands complete and total acquiescence on this issue. It attempts to tell parents that they’re not allowed to question their children, or the origins of these feelings.
Yet, the loud emerging voice of the many kids who are and have the transition are clear. They needed somebody to listen to them, to love them. And they needed help to sort through their problems, not to blindly affirm their beliefs.
At the end of the day, there are only two positions here. One tells children that they’re beautiful, just the way that they are, that they can find happiness in their own bodies. The other tells them that they should take drugs and cut themselves up with expensive and experimental procedures in order to find freedom from depression. I know which side I’m on. No child in Mississippi will have these drugs or surgeries pushed upon them. This stops today. We are taking the stand for all of our children.
Watch that speech here:
There are those attempting to push a sick and twisted ideology that seeks to convince our kids they’re in the wrong body and the solution is to drug, sterilize, and castrate themselves.
To these radical activists I only have one thing to say: Not in Mississippi! pic.twitter.com/XdsGjbb7SC
— Governor Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) February 28, 2023
Predictably, leftists attacked the bill. For example, Rob Hill, the state director of Human Rights Campaign Mississippi, denounced the legislation. He said, “Politicians who don’t have an ounce of medical training are interfering with our rights as parents and acting as if they know how to raise and support our children better than we do. Attacking LGBTQ+ Mississippians will not solve any problems or make life easier for working folks in this state. The only thing it will accomplish is to further demonize and alienate transgender kids who are already among our most vulnerable students.”
WJTV, reporting on what the bill does, noted that “House Bill 1125 also bans public funds or tax deductions for gender transition procedures, places enforcement procedures on the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure and stops Medicaid from covering gender transition related care in Mississippi.”
Breitbart added details on the larger, national fight surrounding transing the kids, reporting that:
Many doctors bully parents into pursuing such a pathway for their children by threatening the suicide of their child. “Would you rather have a dead daughter or a live son?” parents are asked.
“Transgender” surgeries and prescriptions for children have become the subject of bans across the country, while the “gender-affirming care” model has come under intense international scrutiny.
Despite that, activist doctors, the American medical establishment, and leftist politicians have been pushing hard to force such drugs and procedures on children.
For example, while activists at CNN refer to the “gender-affirming care” model as “medically necessary, evidence-based care,” doctors around the globe are slowing and halting the model for its dubious medical premises.
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