Texas lawmakers on Wednesday gave final approval for a bill that would ban gender procedures and therapies for minors, which now heads to the governor’s desk.
The state Senate voted 19-12 to accept the House version of Senate Bill 14 with a majority of Republican support. The bill now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk, The Texas Tribune reported.
Senate Bill 14 would prohibit transgender youth from getting puberty blockers and other hormone therapy needed to transition. It would also require those already receiving such care to be “weaned” off in a medically appropriate manner.
Some Democrats joined Republicans in supporting the bill, including Rep. Shawn Thierry – who represents the Houston area.
“I just don’t think this is something that we can play politics with. Children are not political pawns,” Thierry said Monday on “Fox & Friends First. on Monday.
Texas State Rep. Shawn Thierry (D-146) (L) takes a photo with Hala Ayala, Democratic nominee for Virginia lieutenant governor, as they visit the Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)