Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that his administration plans to work with the state legislature to stop sex change procedures and drugs being given to minors.
DeSantis made the announcement during a press conference on Tuesday, citing “detransitioners” who were transitioned as minors and now regret it.
“They’re doing sex change operations and so we actually have very young adults who went through this when they were minors and they’re saying this was a huge mistake. And in fact that’s not evidence based when you start talking about sex changes and puberty blockers,” DeSantis said.
‘This is sad, but this is going on in our society. They’re giving teenagers, kids puberty blockers … they’re doing sex change operations,” DeSantis said.
The governor said that children being subjected to the procedures is “not evidence-based” and that they are working with the medical licensing board to “say that you in the state of Florida, if you’re performing those procedures, on these minors, you’re gonna lose your medical license here in Florida.”
DeSantis asserted that his administration will work with the legislature “to make sure that we put that into statute so that you’re able to have accountability in that sphere.”
DeSantis also pointed out that the push to transition minors is relatively new.
“We’re also gonna work with the Legislature to make sure that we put that into statute so that you’re able to have accountability in that sphere,” DeSantis said. “So when you’re talking about publicly funded institutions, you know those are not things that I think are an appropriate use of your tax dollars, and I do think, unfortunately, you have seen this done at some publicly funded thing. You know, five years ago, I don’t think anyone even knew this was going on or talked about it, certainly not ten years ago.”
“The way to deal with that is to provide whatever counseling is needed, not to hack off their body parts. That is not a solution to the problem. That is mutilation, and it is wrong,” DeSantis asserted.
According to a report from the Florida Pheonix, the Florida Board of Medicine and Board of Osteopathic Medicine are both moving forward with the process of imposing a ban on the procedures for minors. Both have meetings scheduled about the issue in the coming months.