Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., struck a blow to the shadowy ethicality of “gender-affirming care” for minors on Tuesday in front of the nation’s Capitol Building, providing insight into her proposed legislation, HR 8731, also known as the “Protect Children’s Innocence Act.”
“You see, my bill, ‘Protect Children’s Innocence Act,’ is not an attack on anyone’s sexuality, and it’s not saying that grown-ups can’t make changes they want to make,” Greene told the press. “What it does is it just protects kids under 18 and it has to be done.”
Greene introduced the legislation in August, taking aim at medical providers who implement “gender-affirming care” to kids who are under the age of 18. If passed, the bill would make it a felony to perform sex-change surgeries on a child or to distribute puberty blockers to them, per RSBN.
“The reason why it has to be a federal law,” Greene continued, “is because there are states who are taking away parents’ rights to protect their kids from these horrific surgeries. States like California, Washington, New York and other Democrat-controlled states, want to fast-track kids and tell parents they have no right to take away their children’s desire for gender-affirming care.”
She added, “There’s no such thing as gender-affirming care. As a matter of fact, there’s only two genders: male and female.”
Greene also invited a young woman named Chloe Cole, who de-transitioned, to speak about her experience as a survivor of child “gender-affirming care.”
Cole stated, “I was only 12 years old when I told my parents that I was a boy. Like many parents in that situation, they didn’t have a clue what to do…at 13 years old, on the advice of so-called medical professionals, I was put on puberty-blocking medication, and only a month later, I was given my first testosterone injection.”
Cole recounted her experience, shedding light on the deep damage transitioning at such a young age did to her. She also railed against doctors for failing to present her parents with an opportunity for “informed consent.”
“It was a decision forced under extreme duress,” she said. “At fifteen, I went under the knife for a radical double mastectomy…at sixteen, I finally realized what happened to me – that I had made a huge mistake.”
HR 8731 currently has 37 cosponsors in the House.