SALT LAKE CITY, UT — (02-13-23) — Gov. Spencer Cox defended his anti-Transgender bill that he signed into law last month that bans transgender minors from receiving gender-affirming medical care. He told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” hot Chuck Todd, that he wants to see more data on the effects of the treatments.

Utah becomes the first state to ban gender-affirming medical care for transgender minors after it passed in the state’s Legislature in January.

In an interview on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Gov.Cox, a Republican, said “It’s not just about providing care or not providing care; it’s about whether we might potentially be harming young people, not having enough evidence to see what the long-term results of this are and providing better psychiatric help for those young people who are going through this.”

However when “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd pressed him on whether he is comfortable with making the decision for children to seek gender-affirming care away from their parents, Cox said that the ban puts a “pause” on accessibility until there is “better data.”

Watch Gov. Spencer Cox Defend his anti-Transgender Law

However Utah’ new anti-Transgender law, which places an indefinite moratorium on minors’ access to puberty blockers and hormone therapy, is prospective, meaning transgender youths who had been diagnosed with gender dysphoria before the date it takes effect will be allowed to receive care if they meet a list of requirements.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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