The Senate Health and Provider Services Committee heard SB 480 on gender transition procedures for minors authored by Sen. Johnson and Sen. Charbonneau. The bill prohibits a physician or other practitioner from knowingly providing gender transition procedures to an individual who is less than 18 years of age (minor) that are intended to alter the gender of the minor or delay puberty. Provides for certain medical exceptions. Establishes civil enforcement actions.
The bill was amended by consent to do the following: add services that may be provided by a physician or practitioner without violating the prohibition of providing gender transition procedures, remove referral prohibition language and add language prohibiting a physician or practitioner from aiding and abetting another physician or practitioner in the provision of gender transition procedures, change the age limit for commencing a cause of action from 38 years of age to 28 years of age.
Extensive testimony was heard in support of and in opposition to the bill from medical professionals, transgender individuals, parents of transgender individuals, various community organizations, and other interested Hoosiers. The amended bill passed 8-3.
Read the bill at https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2023/bills/senate/480.