Utah Bans Transgender Surgery, Limits Hormone Treatment For Minors

Utah Republican Gov. Spencer Cox this weekend signed a bill  into law banning transgender surgeries on people under the age of 18 and limiting hormone therapy for minors.

  • “While we understand our words will be of little comfort to those who disagree with us, we sincerely hope that we can treat our transgender families with more love and respect as we work to better understand the science and consequences behind these procedures,” Cox said Saturday after signing the bill.
  • The law bans sex-reassignment surgeries for most minors, with exceptions for those whose surgeries are deemed “medically necessary” for a reason other than to facilitate a sex change.
  • Starting this July, medical professionals providing hormonal transgender treatments to minors must determine whether their patient has another physical or mental-health issue and if hormone treatment is the best course of action.