COLUMBUS, Ohio (ChurchMilitant.com) - Ohio lawmakers will consider a bill banning transgender surgery and hormone therapy for children.
On Tuesday, Republican state representatives Ron Hood and Bill Dean announced plans to introduce the Protect Vulnerable Children Act, which would make it a felony for doctors to administer transgender medical treatments to minors under 18 years of age.
Hood declared at a news conference in Columbus, "What we are concerned about here is Ohio's most vulnerable children ... being subjected to experimental, unproven and expensive treatments and surgeries."
"My number-one concern, by far and away, is the irreversible nature of these procedures," Hood told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "These procedures, most of them, lead to sterilization. And these things are not reversible."
Also at Tuesday's press conference, a mother identified only as Maria said, "Families are being coerced and these kids are being gas-lighted by the medical community into believing this fantasy. They are being told that they can actually be the opposite sex."
Responding to a question about the high suicide rate of transgender youths, Hood opined, "The best suicide prevention is to care and guide, not to sterilize. Obviously, these procedures bring about sterilization, which is a very, very permanent decision that is being made at such a young age."
Wells Logan, a board-certified pediatrician in Columbus, said he is very concerned about allowing children to go through transgender treatments.
"It's an identity crisis in children," Logan professed. "They need counseling. They need help."
Aaron Baer, president of conservative, pro-family group Citizens for Community Values, said the government is well within its rights to prohibit transgender surgery for children.
"There are plenty of areas where the government says this is so egregious, this is so dangerous to children that we have to intervene and protect," Baer said, as quoted by Cleveland.com.
Baer noted that parents might risk losing custody of their children for opposing transgenderism. He referenced a 2016 case in the Cincinnati area, where a judge granted custody to a transgender teen's grandparents because the grandparents were okay with hormone therapy but the parents were not.
The bill would impact children's hospitals in Ohio, many of which have services specifically for patients who identify as transgender.
Recently, legislation of this sort was proposed in South Dakota, prohibiting transgender treatment for children under 16 years of age. But that bill was shot down in a Republican-controlled committee on Monday.
Leftists and pro-LGBT groups are opposing the legislation wherever it has popped up.
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, on the campaign trail for the Democrat primaries, tweeted last month, "Let's be clear: Transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time. There is no room for compromise when it comes to basic human rights."
Biden is a self-proclaimed Catholic who supports gay "marriage" and abortion.
Chase Strangio, a transgender lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, said these bills against transgender transitioning for children "would bring devastating harms to the transgender community."
"I cannot imagine what happens to transgender people if these criminal bans pass," Strangio remarked.