A new bill in the Alaska Legislature would effectively ban doctors from performing surgeries or treatments minors that intentionally result in the permanent loss of the person’s ability to procreate.
Introduced by Rep. David Eastman (R-Wasilla), House Bill 213 establishes the crime of “sterilization of a minor” as a class A felony.
According to the proposed bill, a person under 18 cannot consent to a treatment or procedure that is “intended to result in the permanent loss of the individual’s ability to procreate.”
While the bill does not specifically address transgender surgeries and cross-sex hormones, some of these procedures intentionally mutilate and destroy sexual organs and can result in permanent sterilization.
According to the bill, a person who was sterilized while a minor may bring legal action against those who aided or performed the sterilization, even if the individual or their parent/guardian consented at the time. The only exceptions are when sterilization is done “in order to preserve the life or prevent serious impairment of the physical health of the minor,” or if the minor was already infertile.
It would not be a defense to perform a sterilization out of concern that the minor is “a danger to self.” Nor is it a defense that the sterilization might be able to be reversed.
The bill is currently in the House Health & Social Services Committee, which is co-chaired by Republican Representatives Mike Prax and Justin Ruffridge. The bill does not yet have a hearing date.
The State of Alaska has an official policy of using state funds to pay for these procedures. Alaska began allowing for public funding of these interventions in 2021 when the Dunleavy administration decided to settle a federal court case with plaintiffs who demanded that the state foot the bill through the Alaska Medicaid program – including Denali KidCare. At the time, state officials said the administration did not believe Alaska’s policy against publicly funded transgender interventions would hold up in federal court.
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Alaska now has multiple medical entities that provide a litany of physiological, hormonal and behavioral “services” aimed at manipulating the outward appearance of gender-confused patients.
While no Alaska businesses advertise surgeries such as breast removal, or manipulation of sexual organs, according to state policy, Alaska will pay for these procedures. Clinics, such as the Seattle Children’s Hospital, now advertise these services directly to Alaskans.
Anchorage’s Providence Hospital offers cross-sex hormones, while clinics like, Identity and Full Spectrum Health in Anchorage, as well as Chena Health in Fairbanks, openly market hormonal cross-sex drugs to the LGBTQ community – including minors. Additionally, Psychology Today lists dozens of so-called “gender-affirming” psychologists and therapists who now operate in communities all across Alaska where they encourage and enable minors and adults to present as the opposite sex.
Powerful hormonal interventions that arrest or stunt natural puberty in gender-confused kids can lead to serious and life-altering medical side effects, including heart problems, reduced bone mass, interruption to natural brain development and permanent sterilization.
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