Marjorie Taylor Greene MP on Friday introduced her new Protect Children’s Innocence Act, which details that anyone who “knowingly provides gender-affirming care to a minor” is guilty of a Class C felony, which carries a penalty 10 to 25 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, according to Greene’s office.
In addition to giving a thumbs-up to those who provide gender-affirming care for transgender youth, the new law aims to “ban the use of federal funding for gender-affirming healthcare, including plans under the Affordable Healthcare Act, and colleges and universities thereof.” refrain from offering classes on gender-affirming care.”
Greene expressed her thoughts on what prompted the law during an appearance on Fox News show Tucker Carlson Tonight on Thursday, saying: “When it comes to gender-affirming care, which is really child abuse, this is actually an attack and it’s child abuse… This practice should never happen. It’s so disgusting and horrifying… it must be illegal.”
After her appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Greene tweeted the official announcement for her legislation.
“Thank you for speaking up and being factual about what’s going on,” the DeSantis Rapid Response Director replied Christina Pushov. “Such a travesty. Your brain is not fully developed to make these life-changing decisions.”
So far, the Protect Children’s Innocence Act has been endorsed by 14 other Republicans, many of whom were flagged in a tweet by Greene sharing sides of the new legislation.
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“All people, including young transgender people, deserve access to health care that helps them lead safe and healthy lives,” said Dr. Kellan E. Baker, executive director and chief learning officer of the Whitman-Walker Institute, in a statement The Advocate. “This attack highlights the need for the federal government to complete and implement enhanced non-discrimination protections under the Affordable Care Act to ensure all people, including transgender people, have a fair chance to access the health care they need.”
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