The Governor of Oklahoma, United States, Kevin Stitt, signed on Tuesday (04) a law that provides for millionaire transfers to the state health system to be made only to hospitals who do not undergo treatments or care related to gender transition in children.
“ By signing this law, we are taking the first step to protect children from permanent gender transition surgeries and therapies,” Stitt said in a statement. “It is extremely inappropriate for taxpayers’ money to be used to condone, promote or perform these types of controversial procedures on healthy children.”
The bill was created after Republican lawmakers decided to restrict the destination of US$ 2000 million (more than BRL561 million) in federal funds to the state health care system, OU Health, last week.
Conservative lawmakers set that the state hospital group would only receive these funds, including US$ 39, 4 million (almost BRL372 million) to a new pediatric mental health facility if Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma stopped offering “gender-affirming” care.
These funds form part of the American Redemption Plan Act (ARPA). les), which serves to encourage the economy and strengthen medical care during the coronavirus pandemic.
An Oklahoma pediatrician who treats transgender youth in the region said she believes all hormone therapies and surgery will cease: “To receive this treatment, they will now have to leave the state,” said Shauna Lawlis.