Senate Bill 627 would block transgender young people's access to essential healthcare. It would criminalize any physician or mental health provider who “aids and abets” in the gender transition of any South Carolinian under age 18.
This bill was introduced along with a raft of other bills focused on stripping essential medical care away from young people and interfering with the medical decisions made between patients, their family members, and their medical providers.
We oppose this bill because:
- Laws restricting gender-affirming care for young people are harmful and unconstitutional.
- Major medical associations, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Medicine, all agree that gender-affirming care is safe and medically necessary for transgender young people.
The latest on S. 627:
The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Medical Affairs on March 14, 2023. It remains active in 2024. Meanwhile, House representatives have taken up a similar bill, H. 4624.
Use this form to tell the Senate Medical Affairs Committee to vote NO on unconstitutional bans that restrict the right of transgender people and their families to make their own healthcare decisions.