Sometimes a politician drops the facade of political showmanship and lets you see who he really, truly is. Such is the case with this guy:
An Arizona Republican state senator broke with his party this week, blocking legislation that would have banned gender-affirming care for transgender youth.
State Sen. Tyler Pace voted Wednesday with three Democrats on the Arizona Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee, splitting the vote 4-4 and effectively killing the bill. Pace said that while he sees "both sides," he was ultimately swayed by personal stories from LGBTQ youths and their families.
"The testimonies we heard today about the many people who are using these avenues of medical treatments to save lives, to improve lives," he said during the committee hearing, "I don't want my vote to stop those great things."
"Great things," he calls them. "Great things!"
Let's go over the things that the bill would have outlawed and which Rep. Tyler Pace heroically saved;
- The bill would have declared that physicians "may not provide gender transition procedures to any individual who is under eighteen years of age."
- Specifically, the law would forbid "any medical or surgical service" that would "alter or remove physical or anatomical characteristics or features that are typical for the [minor's] biological sex."
- It would also outlaw the distribution of both "testosterone or other androgens given to biological females in amounts that are larger or more potent than would normally occur naturally in healthy biological sex females," and would also forbid "estrogen given to biological males in amounts that are larger or more potent than would normally occur naturally in healthy biological sex males."
- It would further forbid doctors from providing minors with "medical services that provide puberty-blocking drugs, cross-sex hormones or other mechanisms to promote the development of feminizing or masculinizing features in the opposite biological sex or genital or nongenital gender reassignment surgery performed for the purpose of assisting an individual with a gender transition."
These are the "great things" that Rep. Pace wanted to preserve.
Pace is running for re-election and I only hope his constituents can find it in their hearts at the ballot box in November to thank him kindly for his courage!
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