Senator Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) and Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) on Monday introduced two bills aimed at protecting children from gender transition procedures into the Senate and House of Representatives, respectively. While the bills have been introduced into Congress before, in this session they follow a wave of state legislation designed to protect children in response to increasing awareness of the extent and harm of gender transition procedures on minors.

The End Taxpayer Funding of Gender Experimentation Act “would be focused on cutting government funding for anything that could cover … hormone[s], gender reassignment surgery,” LaMalfa explained Monday on Washington Watch. The Protecting Children from Experimentation Act “is an all-out prohibition with criminal charges.” Both bills have yet to receive a bill number in either chamber.

LaMalfa emphasized the law’s potential to guide and shape morality. “If we can do this federally, and we can make it stick,” he said, “it just can’t help but build a grass fire amongst normal folks out there that think this is outrageous.” He explained, “There’s folks that are intimidated by those that are pushing [gender transition procedures, who might] say, ‘Well, maybe [I’m] out of touch,’ and ‘Maybe I’m being too mean,’ or ‘I’m too this or that.’ No, you’re not. This is abnormal.”

“You’re not standing alone on this,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins told LaMalfa, “because we’re seeing tremendous momentum at the state level.” So far in 2023, 13 states have enacted laws prohibiting gender transition procedures on minors to some degree, joining three states who had passed similar legislation in 2021-2022. Bills continue to approach the finish line in Florida, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Texas. As shocking revelations continue to come out regarding the behavior of gender clinic staff, state legislatures have stayed the course in advancing these bills, despite vehement opposition from pro-trans activists. “It’s high time that people really get fired up on this,” said LaMalfa.

“This ideology has gone from the radical fringe 10 years ago to being pushed by the president of the United States,” said Perkins. “How is it that we could be so arrogant?…”

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