South Carolina Statehouse | Sean Rayford file photo

A South Carolina bill to ban gender-transition surgeries, hormone therapy and puberty blockers for people under the age of 18 passed a Senate subcommittee Wednesday, following a growing trend among Republican-led legislatures across the country. 

S.C. Sen. Josh Kimbrell, R-Spartanburg, compared the restrictions to other age limits on voting, tattoos, drinking and tobacco purchases, and said “changing one’s gender is significantly more consequential than any of those things.”

Opponents of the bill said both measures will heighten the suffering of transgender people,  prevent them from being their true selves and increase suicide risks.

“Right now, you’re considering one of the most extreme political attacks on transgender people in recent memory,” said Jace Woodrum, the first transgender director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s S.C. chapter. 

South Carolina lawmakers heard testimony twice over the past week that included two de-transitioning women from other states in support of the bill who said they regret their transition and state pediatricians who opposed the bill, saying no doctors perform gender-transitioning surgeries on minors. 

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