Tell Lawmakers: All Idaho Youth Deserve Access to Medical Care
Every child in Idaho should have the right to access the healthcare they need to survive and thrive. But some lawmakers are pushing legislation that takes away the ability of medical professionals to provide best practice care for transgender youth.
Denying appropriate care to transgender youth can be life-threatening. Research shows it contributes to depression, isolation, eating disorders, self-harm, and suicide. That's why decisions about medical and mental health treatment for transgender youth should be made by doctors and families – not politicians – and based on established best practices.
Bills like these are being pushed by anti-LGBTQ groups from outside of Idaho and are government overreach into the medical decision-making rights of parents. Every major medical association – including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics – opposes these bills.
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