An Oklahoma lawmaker has filed legislation aimed at preventing people under the age of 21 from undergoing gender reassignment medical treatment in the state.State Sen. Warren Hamilton said he filed Senate Bill 676, which would make it illegal for a person under the age of 21 to undergo gender reassignment chemical or surgical procedures, for a parent or guardian to pursue gender reassignment procedures for a person younger than 21, or for a health care professional to intentionally perform the gender reassignment procedures on anyone under 21.According to Hamilton, the bill defines gender reassignment medical treatment as any health care to facilitate the transitioning of a patient’s assigned gender identity on the patient’s birth certificate, to the gender identity experienced and defined by the patient. “Federal and state law prohibits consumption of alcohol or the purchase of tobacco by anyone under 21 years old,” said Hamilton. “If a person is not mature enough to make the decision to use alcohol or tobacco responsibly, they are certainly not mature enough to make the decision to undergo irreparable and irreversible chemical or surgical procedures.” Under the measure, Hamilton said gender reassignment medical treatment would include medical procedures to suppress the development of endogenous secondary sex characteristics; medical procedures to align the patient’s appearance or physical body with the patient’s gender identity; or medical procedures to alleviate the symptoms of clinically significant distress resulting from gender dysphoria.Anyone violating the proposed legislation would be guilty of a felony punishable by three years to life in prison and a fine up to $20,000, Hamilton said. “So-called ‘gender reassignment’ is permanent and life-changing,” Hamilton said. “People who have made this decision have markedly higher suicide rates and often live with deep regret. The intent of this bill is to protect young people from making a decision that they will later regret.”If signed into law, the measure would become effective on Nov. 1.Another lawmaker, Sen. Nathan Dahm, filed a similar bill, which he said would prohibit any person under the age of 18 from undergoing gender reassignment medical treatment in Oklahoma.Oklahoma’s 2021 legislative session is set to begin on Monday.

An Oklahoma lawmaker has filed legislation aimed at preventing people under the age of 21 from undergoing gender reassignment medical treatment in the state.

State Sen. Warren Hamilton said he filed Senate Bill 676, which would make it illegal for a person under the age of 21 to undergo gender reassignment chemical or surgical procedures, for a parent or guardian to pursue gender reassignment procedures for a person younger than 21, or for a health care professional to intentionally perform the gender reassignment procedures on anyone under 21.

According to Hamilton, the bill defines gender reassignment medical treatment as any health care to facilitate the transitioning of a patient’s assigned gender identity on the patient’s birth certificate, to the gender identity experienced and defined by the patient.

“Federal and state law prohibits consumption of alcohol or the purchase of tobacco by anyone under 21 years old,” said Hamilton. “If a person is not mature enough to make the decision to use alcohol or tobacco responsibly, they are certainly not mature enough to make the decision to undergo irreparable and irreversible chemical or surgical procedures.”

Under the measure, Hamilton said gender reassignment medical treatment would include medical procedures to suppress the development of endogenous secondary sex characteristics; medical procedures to align the patient’s appearance or physical body with the patient’s gender identity; or medical procedures to alleviate the symptoms of clinically significant distress resulting from gender dysphoria.

Anyone violating the proposed legislation would be guilty of a felony punishable by three years to life in prison and a fine up to $20,000, Hamilton said.

“So-called ‘gender reassignment’ is permanent and life-changing,” Hamilton said. “People who have made this decision have markedly higher suicide rates and often live with deep regret. The intent of this bill is to protect young people from making a decision that they will later regret.”

If signed into law, the measure would become effective on Nov. 1.

Another lawmaker, Sen. Nathan Dahm, filed a similar bill, which he said would prohibit any person under the age of 18 from undergoing gender reassignment medical treatment in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma’s 2021 legislative session is set to begin on Monday.