Florida Medical Boards Approve Ban on Puberty Blockers, Trans Surgeries for Minors

A joint committee of two medical boards voted Friday to approve a rule banning puberty blockers and other gender dysphoria treatments for minors in the state.

The Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine approved the rule prohibiting minors from receiving puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and transgender surgery after Florida Surgeon General Joseph A. Ladapo asked the Board of Medicine in June to establish a standard of care for such "complex and irreversible procedures."

The boards disagreed regarding how best to regulate Florida minors who have already begun treatment with puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. The Board of Osteopathic Medicine voted to allow those treatments to continue if they were part of a clinical trial approved by an Institutional Review Board. The Board of Medicine voted against that exception.

The boards had agreed in August to begin a 120-day process to begin crafting rules regarding gender dysphoria treatments for children.

"Today, the Boards of Medicine & Osteopathic Medicine voted to protect our children from irreversible surgeries and highly experimental treatments," Ladapo said in a statement Friday praising the new rule. "I appreciate their integrity for ruling in the best interest of Florida children despite facing tremendous pressure to permit these risky and unproven treatments."

via joemiller

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