March 23, 2023

BREAKING: Iowa Protects Minors from “Transition” Procedures

The new law protects minors from dangerous transgender interventions

Today, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 538, making Iowa the fifth state with a law protecting vulnerable children from both sex-change surgeries and experimental hormones aimed at “transition.” The law holds healthcare professionals accountable by providing child victims an opportunity to sue for damages.

Meridian Baldacci, Director of Strategy at Family Policy Alliance, responded:

Today, Iowa has sent a clear message: they take child safety seriously. When a child is deeply struggling, he or she deserves meaningful help – not the harm of hormones and surgery.

And these interventions do cause serious harm. They often leave young people sterile, with a variety of irreversible maladies and physical changes, and the deep pain of regret. All this can happen before a child is even old enough to buy cough syrup over the counter.

“This bill is standing in the gap.

We are so grateful for the tireless work of our friends and allies at The FAMiLY Leader, who shepherded this bill throughout the process. Their courageous leadership, and the hard work of the representatives who sponsored and supported this bill, was instrumental in making today possible. And, we applaud Governor Reynolds’s bold decision to set apart Iowa as a leader in protecting children.

“Family Policy Alliance (FPA) began work on protecting minors from transgender interventions in 2017, when the group first drafted an early version of what is now the Help Not Harm Act. In 2021, FPA launched its Help Not Harm campaign following the passage of Arkansas’s SAFE Act (the first successful bill in the nation to offer these protections).

To date, 5 states have Help Not Harm laws (Arkansas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Tennessee, Iowa), 2 states have modified versions of the law (Arizona, Utah), and 11 states are currently considering legislation (Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia, Ohio, South Carolina, New Hampshire).


Media Contact:Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com


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