Maine Gov. Janet Mills sent an email Friday letting subscribers know that she signed a bill that will allow 16-year-olds to obtain puberty blocking drugs and cross sex hormones without their parents knowledge and even in cases when their parents object.
The new law will allow a “health care professional” to provide hormones to minors for the purpose of altering their physical sex characteristics if the minor has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and their parents have refused to support hormonal interventions.
The law also contains legal protections for medical professionals who administer the controversial and irreversible treatments to minors despite their parents’ objections.
In Europe, medical guidance has shifted away from permanent medical interventions for minors experiencing gender confusion or dysphoria. Twenty states have passed laws prohibiting medical facilities from performing sex change surgeries on minors or from giving them sex change drugs.
But in Maine, the legislature has done the opposite, with several bills passed this session to increase minors’ access to sex change procedures, including taxpayer-funded sex change procedures.
During the public hearing for the bill (LD 535) in the Judiciary Committee, lawmakers speculated that the bill would, in some instances, allow children as young as seven to receive sex change drugs if their parents support the intervention.