Arizona state Senator Wendy Rogers (R) has proposed a bill that would ban health professionals from providing transgender surgeries on minors or providing anyone under the age of 18 with cross-hormone treatments.
The Arizona Mirror reports that Senate Bill 1045 would classify such activities as a Class 4 felony and medical providers could face up to three years in prison if charged.
This would make Arizona the latest state to impose such penalties on transgender treatments for children; Arkansas and Tennessee enacted similar legislation last year.
The bill would also prohibit school staffers or medical professionals from withholding information about a child’s transgender identity from their parents.
This comes as two California teachers are under fire after recordings of a talk they gave to a meeting of the state’s largest teacher’s union on how they covertly recruit children to LGBT clubs without their parents finding out.
LGBT advocates argue that school policies that keep a child’s sexual or gender identity private from their parents protect children.
Local business owner and board member of Phoenix Pride, Ryan Starzyk, told the Mirror that Rogers’ proposal is ”dangerous” and “deadly.”
Critics of such policies, however, argue that they undermine parents’ rights and are alarmed to learn of parents deliberately and covertly recruiting children into clubs that discuss sexuality and gender with the intention of keeping students’ involvement secret from their parents.
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