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(VIDEO) American Medical Association urges governors to veto transgender medical bans

The American Medical Association is urging governors across the country to oppose legislation prohibiting transition-related care for minors, calling such proposals “a dangerous governmental intrusion into the practice of medicine.” In an open letter yesterday to the National Governors Association, the association’s CEO, James Madara, cited evidence that  “trans and nonbinary gender identities are normal variations of human identity and expression. Decisions about care belong in the hands of health care providers and families, not lawmakers.” Citing studies tying gender-affirming care for children to a decrease in anxiety, depression and suicide attempts, Madara said it was inappropriate for any state to limit options for physicians and families. Arkansas has already passed healthcare anti- trans laws. At least 14 states are considering legislation to limit trans children access to medical health care according to the American Civil Liberties Union.