Democrats Help Republicans Ban Gender-Affirming Care for Transgender Kids

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05/15/2023

Three Texas Democrats helped their Republican colleagues pass a controversial state bill that would ban transgender youth from getting hormone therapies, puberty blockers and transition-related surgeries. This past Friday, in an initial vote in the House, 12 Democratic state representatives favored passage of Senate Bill 14 after the party successfully delayed the bill on a technicality twice the week before. Two-thirds of those Democrats said they had meant to vote against the measure. Although nine Democrats moved back in step with the rest of their party in the final vote on Monday, three Democratic representatives voted in favor again, helping Republicans move the bill to the Senate for confirmation. After that, it goes to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s desk for his signature.

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