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Illinois House bill could block transition healthcare for trans youth

Illinois State Capitol. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Illinois State Capitol. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

SPRINGFIELD — A bill in the Illinois House Human Services Committee could prevent doctors from giving any transition related healthcare to transgender youth.

The Youth Health Protection Act was filed by St. Rep. Thomas Morrison (R-Palantine) last month. It was assigned to the committee on March 5. A hearing for the bill in committee is set for Wednesday, March 13, tomorrow.

If passed, the bill would prevent doctors from performing any kind of transition related care, including hormone prescriptions, to treat gender dysphoria or gender discordance for anyone below the age of 18. Doctors and mental health providers would even be prevented from referring patients for care. Penalties would include discipline from the review board and action against the doctor’s medical license.

The bill is HB3515. The full text is here.

To voice opposition to the bill, you can enter a witness slip here or contact your representative.

Out state rep Greg Harris (D-Chicago) and Equality Illinois held a news conference this afternoon about the bill.

Updated with news conference video.

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