The GOP wants to control every Hoosier body

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In a recent string of attacks on the nuclear family, Indiana House Republicans today passed legislation that would ban gender-affirming care for LGBTQ Hoosiers, even in cases of the minor having support from parents and medical providers. House Democratic Leader Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) lambasted the GOP’s agenda to control every Hoosier body after ultimately voting against the anti-LGBTQ, anti-family Senate Bill 480

“Statehouse Republicans again reach into the homes and doctors’ offices of Hoosiers in another bid to control the nuclear family,” GiaQuinta said. “Draconian policies from the abortion ban to attacks on the LGBTQ community represent a larger desire to bring Uncle Sam into intimate family health decisions. The party that used to evangelize ideals like parental rights and small government has drifted far from its foundations. Only those individuals that align themselves and their families with the image of the Republican party can experience true individual liberties and freedoms in Indiana. GOP lawmakers think they know how to raise your families better than you do. They want to tell you exactly when and how to do it, too.”

Major medical associations and healthcare providers in Indiana, including the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, have reached a consensus on this issue. Gender-affirming care for transgender patients under 18, which can include therapy interventions, hormonal treatments and puberty blockers, is safe and medically appropriate. 

“Culture wars are not without costs,” GiaQuinta continued. “Vulnerable Hoosiers continue to be collateral of this extremist policymaking.” 

Senate Bill 480 now heads to Governor Eric Holcomb’s desk for further consideration. GiaQuinta encouraged Hoosiers to contact Holcomb and ask for a veto. House Democrats continue to stand alongside all Hoosiers and will endeavor to create a more just Indiana. 

“If this bill becomes law, it will close the book of the story between children and their parents when it comes to gender-affirming care,” GiaQuinta added.

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