On Monday, Representative Anthony Sabatini filed his final bill of the legislative session, pushing a measure aimed at transgender children’s health care.
The House bill (HB 1365), known as the “Vulnerable Child Protection Act,” would make it a second-degree felony for a health care provider to change the sex of a minor.
According to the legislation, “A health care practitioner who engages in any of the following practices upon a minor, or who causes such practices to be performed upon a minor, for the purpose of attempting to change the minor’s sex, or for the purpose of affirming the minor’s perception of the minor’s sex if that perception is inconsistent with the minor’s sex, commits a felony of the second degree…”
Those practices include:
- “Performing surgeries that sterilize, including castration, vasectomy, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, metoidioplasty, orchiectomy, penectomy, phalloplasty, and vaginoplasty”
- “Performing a mastectomy”
- “Administering, prescribing, or supplying the following medications that induce transient or permanent infertility”
- “Removing any otherwise healthy or nondiseased body part or tissue”
“This Bill makes it a felony for a health care practitioner to surgically or medically change the sex of a minor,” Sabatini said on Twitter. “No parent should be allowed to sterilize or permanently disfigure a child”
Today I filed HB 1365, the Vulnerable Child Protection Act. This Bill makes it a felony for a health care practitioner to surgically or medically change the sex of a minor. No parent should be allowed to sterilize or permanently disfigure a child. https://t.co/8fsi61HAPM
— Anthony Sabatini (@AnthonySabatini) January 13, 2020
While progressives attempt to change the definition of words, especially those that revolve around biology, Sabatini’s legislation classifies the word “sex” as “the biological state of being female or male based on sex organs, chromosomes, and endogenous hormone profiles.”
A companion bill (SB 1864) was also filed in Senate, with Senator Dennis Baxley being the lead sponsor on that side.
Both lawmakers will begin the 60-day legislative session on Tuesday.