Senate Bill 140 moves forward during Georgia House Health Committee hearing – WABE

A proposed law that would ban transgender youth from taking hormone replacement therapy and ban healthcare professionals from performing certain surgical procedures in hospitals and other licensed healthcare facilities is one step closer to becoming a law.

On Tuesday, SB140, supported by Sen. Carden Summers and several other lawmakers, was passed during a Georgia House Health Committee hearing.

Rose spoke to guests about the move on Tuesday’s Closer Look.

First, WABE political reporter Sam Gringlas from the capital joins the program with the latest details on the bill aimed at banning gender-affirming medical care for youth suffering from gender dysphoria, a clinical condition in which a person’s gender identity differs from theirs gender assigned at birth. Gringlas also shares what he’s hearing from people who are for and against the bill.

Rose then speaks with Andrea Young, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, about SB140 and the importance of lawmakers having confidence that parents are making the best decisions in the best interests of their children. Young also discussed a wave of proposed legislation being rolled out in states across the country targeting LGBTQ rights, according to the ACLU.

Finally, Democratic State Senator Rev. Kim Jackson, who voted against SB140, explains why she is opposing the bill.