CV NEWS FEED // Senator JD Vance (R-OH) introduced a bill in the Senate on Tuesday, calling for the protection of children from so-called “gender-affirming care”.
If passed, the “Protect Children’s Innocence Act” would protect children’s healthy bodies from mutilation in “gender-affirming” surgeries and the life-altering effects of hormone “therapy” and puberty blockers.
The bill classifies the provision of these services as a Class C felony, which could lead to 10 to 25 years in prison or a maximum fine of $250,000, according to the Daily Caller. The legislation also would prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to fund “gender-affirming care,” prevent higher education institutions from offering “gender-affirming care,” and make non-US citizens who perform such acts ineligible for visas or admittance to the US, according to a press release from Vance’s office.
Vance’s bill is similar to House Bill 1399, which was introduced in March by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). Also known as the “Protect Children’s Innocence Act,” Greene’s bill was endorsed by CatholicVote and sent to the House Subcommittee on Health in March.
According to Vance’s press release, the main reason for the legislation is that children are being indoctrinated by social media, leftist teachers who groom them in the LGBTQ+ agenda, mental health counselors, and even healthcare professionals who claim to have the child’s best interests in mind. But children accessing the procedures often aren’t made aware of the life-altering risks and permanent damage that come with “gender-affirming care”, and even if they are, they do not have the maturity to understand the ramifications of such treatments.
“Under no circumstances should doctors be allowed to perform these gruesome, irreversible operations on underage children,” Vance said in the press release. “With this legislation, we have an opportunity to save countless young Americans from a lifetime of suffering and regret. I want to thank Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene for leading on this issue, and I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to protect children from these life-altering procedures.”
Tom McClusky, Director of Government Affairs at CatholicVote, agreed with Vance’s statement. “The promotion of child mutilation, for any reason, is inexcusable,” he said. “The greatest nation on this planet should protect future generations, not target them for sterilization and mutilation.”