Iowa signs Gender Affirming Care ban

The recent decision by Iowa’s governor to sign a bill that bans gender-affirming care has set back the United States in terms of progress towards equality and human rights. This decision is a clear violation of the basic human rights of transgender individuals and shows a disregard for their lives and well-being.

The bill, which was signed into law March 22nd 2023 by Iowa’s governor Kim Reynolds, prohibits doctors from providing transgender individuals with gender-affirming medical treatments such as puberty blockers, hormone therapy, and gender reassignment surgery. This means that individuals who identify as transgender are now unable to access the medical care that they need to live a happy and healthy life.

“ Transgender youth already face alarming rates of discrimination, harassment and violence, and this new law only exacerbates the challenges they face.”

Cathryn Oakley, Human Rights Campaign State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel

This decision by Kim Reynolds is super concerning due to the recent increase in anti-transgender legislation across the United States. In several states, lawmakers have introduced bills that would limit trans rights, particularly the right to access healthcare. These bills are often based on misinformation and fear rather than actual medical expertise.

Along with this bill, Reynolds also signed a bathroom bill basically requiring individuals to use public restrooms that correspond to their sex assigned at birth, rather than their gender identity. It is no secret that transgender individuals are already at a higher risk of experiencing harassment and violence in public spaces, and this bill only serves to increase that risk. By mandating that individuals use restrooms that do not align with their gender identity, the bill puts transgender individuals in a vulnerable position where they may face EVEN MORE violence then they already do.

The bill is also reinforcing harmful stereotypes and suggesting that transgender individuals are not entitled to the same rights as cisgender individuals. This is not only invalidating transgender individuals’ experiences but also contributes to their ongoing social marginalization.

I feel like it is taking the United States a long time to understand the deeply personal nature of gender identity. I thought we were making progress as a country, until these bills were made. Gender identity is a core aspect of an individual’s identity and should be respected.

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At the end of the day, the impact of these bills extend far beyond Iowa’s borders. It sends a message to the rest of the country that transphobia and discrimination are acceptable, which is not only morally unacceptable but also goes against the values of equality and justice that the United States has always claimed to uphold.

One thought on “Iowa signs Gender Affirming Care ban

  1. It makes me sick the way our country is headed right now. Trans citizens deserve to feel safe and protected in this country as any other citizen is, and it is truly heartbreaking and outrageous what’s happening right now. Thank you writing about this and highlighting this issue


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