Legislators push to remove suicide risk exemption from gender-affirming care bill

Charleston, WV (AP)- Some state lawmakers want to ban transgender youth at risk for self-harm or suicide from accessing medical interventions such as hormone therapy.  

The GOP-controlled West Virginia legislature banned such interventions last year while allowing the self-harm and suicide exception.  

Now, a group of lawmakers want to eliminate that narrow definition, which requires parental consent and a diagnosis of severe gender dysphoria from two medical professionals.  

Coming up against a major legislative deadline next week, lawmakers in the House Health and Human Resources Committee voted Friday to advance a bill to the full chamber that would completely ban interventions like hormone therapy and puberty blockers. 

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