A new law has been proposed in the state of Texas that would label parents as 'child abusers' if they supported their transgender kids.
Under Texas Senate Bill 1646, parents could have their kids taken away from them or even serve time behind bars, according to LGBTQ Nation.
If the bill passes, it would be a crime if a parent was found to be 'consenting to or assisting in the administering or supplying of, a puberty suppression prescription drug or cross-sex hormone to a child, other than an intersex child, for the purpose of gender transitioning or gender reassignment'.
It would also be a crime if they're caught 'performing or consenting to the performance of surgery or another medical procedure on a child, other than an intersex child, for the purpose of gender transitioning or gender reassignment'.
The bill seeks to 'end the practice of child gender modification in the State of Texas'.
Republican Party of Texas Chairman Allen West released a statement, saying: "It is imperative to assert that what a legally recognized adult seeks to do with their body is not the issue here.
"What we are concerned with are the hormonal therapies, puberty blockers, and genitalia surgeries being conducted on children, in some cases as early as eight years of age.
"It is vital that we protect our children and stop the practice of child gender modification in the state of Texas. To do so only takes your courage. Failure to do so will echo throughout future generations."
The US state has already introduced another piece of proposed legislation to ban transgender athletes from school sports based on gender identity and it appears they're going a step further.
Unsurprisingly, this new bill has been slammed by medical experts. Doctors For Change has penned an open letter to supporters of Senate Bill 1646 and explained how it damaging it would be if it was passed.
They wrote: "In our experience, affirmation and acceptance from parents, guardians, physicians, and all other important adults in a child's life is extremely beneficial to the child's health outcomes and happiness.
"These benefits are also supported overwhelmingly by the medical literature and highly respected pediatric organizations."
In America, there has been a record number of anti-trans bills introduced across the country.
Back in mid-March, the three pieces of proposed legislation were filed in a single week during the state legislative session, which pushed the number passed last year's record total of 79 bills.
They include things like banning trans athletes from sport and denying transgender people medical care.
The Human Rights Commission wrote: "These bills are not addressing any real problem, and they're not being requested by constituents. Rather, this effort is being driven by national far-right organizations attempting to score political points by sowing fear and hate."
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