March 2, 2023

BREAKING: Tennessee Protects Minors from “Transition” Procedures

SB 1 protects minors from dangerous transgender interventions

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed SB 1, making Tennessee the fourth state with a law protecting vulnerable children from both sex-change surgeries and experimental hormones aimed at “transition.” The bill holds healthcare professionals accountable by providing child victims an opportunity to sue for damages.

Autumn Leva, Senior Vice President of Strategy at Family Policy Alliance, responded:

“Today, Tennessee has joined the growing chorus of states taking child safety seriously. When a child is deeply struggling, he or she deserves meaningful help — not the harm of hormones and surgery. These states recognize that.

“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 to buy cough syrup over the counter.

“This law will stand in the gap.

“We are so grateful for the courageous work of all who made this day possible, and we continue to call on states around the nation to pass this critical child safety legislation.”

Family Policy Alliance (FPA) first began work on protecting minors from transgender interventions in 2017, when the group first drafted an early version of the legislation that is now law in four states (including TN), with a modified version in place in two more. 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).

Currently, at least ten other states are considering similar legislation.

Media Contact:

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


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