Marjorie Taylor Greene Introduces Bill Criminalizing “Gender-Affirming Care” for Kids
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) introduced a bill that would criminalize providing “gender-affirming” medical care to patients under 18.
Under Greene’s “Protect Children’s Innocence Act,” providing treatment to change one’s body “to correspond to a sex that differs from their biological sex,” such as puberty blockers or hormone therapy, to transgender minors would be a class C felony.
“These procedures for profit permanently disfigure kids before they even know what they want to do when they grow up,” Greene wrote on Twitter.
If enacted, “knowingly perform[ing] any gender-affirming care on a minor” would be a crime punishable by a 10-25 year prison sentence and a maximum fine of $250,000.
Greene unveiled her bill during an appearance on the Fox News show Tucker Carlson Tonight.
“When it comes to ‘gender-affirming care,’ which is really child abuse — this is actually an assault, and it’s child abuse,” Greene told Tucker Carlson.
“This practice should never happen,” she said. “It’s so disgusting and appalling … this needs to be illegal.”
So far, the Protect Children’s Innocence Act has 14 cosponsors: Republican Reps. Mary Miller (IL), Jeff Duncan (S.C.), Bob Good (VA), Ralph Norman (S.C.), Matt Gaetz (FL), Tony Gonzales (TX), Diana Harshbarger (TN), Clay Higgins (LA), Burgess Owens (UT), Claudia Tenney (N.Y.), Andrew Clyde (GA), Lance Gooden (TX), Lauren Boebert (CO), and Paul Gosar (AZ).
Greene also confirmed that two Senate candidates had pledged their support if elected: J.D. Vance (OH) and Blake Masters (AZ).