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Democrats file bill to undo Kentucky ban on some medical care for trans minors

By: - January 25, 2024 3:21 pm

Democrat Reps. Adrielle Camuel, D-Lexington, (left) and Rep. Sarah Stalker, D-Louisville, file HB 376 to overthrow Kentucky’s ban on gender affirming medical care for transgender minors. (Photo provided)

FRANKORT — Two Kentucky Democrats filed a bill Thursday seeking to undo a law that bans gender affirming medical care for transgender minors. 

Senate Bill 150 passed the general assembly in 2023. Democrat Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed the bill, but the Republican supermajority overruled his veto, and the bill became law. 

As a result, Kentucky now bans treatments like hormones for transgender minors. It also bans surgeries like phalloplasty, vaginoplasty or hysterectomies and vasectomies on transgender children. 

Democrat Reps. Adrielle Camuel, D-Lexington, (center) and Rep. Sarah Stalker, D-Louisville, (left) file HB 376 to overthrow Kentucky’s ban on gender affirming medical care for transgender minors. (Photo provided)

Neither the American Civil Liberties Union nor Kentucky LGBTQ+ organizations have taken issue with the surgery ban, but have fought other parts of the law in court

After a series of rulings that left Kentucky’s ability to enforce the law up in the air, the ACLU filed a petition for a certiorari in November asking the United States Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court’s decision allowing enforcement. 

No child should have to advocate for not only their basic rights but their very identity,” one of the Thursday sponsors, Rep. Sarah Stalker, D-Louisville, said in a statement. “Furthermore, a law that strips children’s healthcare decisions from parents, trusted family doctors, and mental health professionals represents a gross overreach from state government.”

Rep. Adrielle Camuel, D-Lexington, joined Stalker in the filing of House Bill 376, which proposes striking much of the language in SB150. HB376 would also allow students to use locker and shower rooms that align with their gender identity, striking language that restricted those facilities to those with a singular biological sex. 

Our singular goal is to eliminate laws that perpetuate harm and hinder the progress of citizens based on their identity and relationships,” Camuel said in a statement. “We are dedicated and unified in an effort to promote equality and justice for everyone.”

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Sarah Ladd
Sarah Ladd

Sarah Ladd is a Louisville-based journalist from West Kentucky who's covered everything from crime to higher education. She spent nearly two years on the metro breaking news desk at The Courier Journal. In 2020, she started reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and has covered health ever since. As the Kentucky Lantern's health reporter, she focuses on mental health, LGBTQ+ issues, children's welfare, COVID-19 and more.

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