A measure issued by the Florida Medical Board (USA) that prohibits minors from receiving hormones or gender change treatments went into effect this Thursday, a restriction that excludes children and adolescents who had already initiated gender affirmation guidelines.
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Under the new state medical rule, minors experiencing gender dysphoria can no longer make changes to their bodies to transition.
The ban comes after the Florida Medical Board approved in August 2022 the development of measures that they deny the transition to minors under 18 years of agethat is, the application of hormones, puberty blockers and surgeries to treat the so-called gender dysphoria.
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The medical board put the issue on the agenda after receiving a request from the Florida Department of Health, which stated that there is not enough research to show that these procedures are safe.
The ban is in line with the criteria of Florida Governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, who has expressed on multiple occasions his rejection of “gender affirming” treatments.
DeSantis went on to say that doctors who perform these types of surgical procedures they should be prosecuted.
During the recent speech that opened the legislative session this month, DeSantis mentioned Chloe Cole, who took puberty blockers and had a double mastectomy as a teenager and later regretted her decision.
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But some LGBTIQ+ advocates warn that children with dysphoria who do not receive gender-affirming care may find themselves in a situation that is more detrimental to their mental healthwith possible risks of suicide.
“I am horrified by the rule. The move will harm children and families and threaten the practice of medicine,” Kellan Baker, executive director of the Whitma-Walker Institute, an LGBTIQ+-focused health care organization, told The Advocate.
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