After legislation to protect children from gender modification passed the House on 2nd reading, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Andrew Brown released the following statement:

“Senate Bill 14 protects children struggling with gender dysphoria and their families from experimental and potentially harmful medical procedures. There remains no clear and conclusive evidence that blocking puberty, administering cross-sex hormones, or, least of all, performing surgical and chemical castration help children overcome gender dysphoria. There is, however, emerging research that shows significant and potentially irreparable damage to children that are given these treatments. Further, psychological counseling and other therapies have proven effective at helping children and families deal with these difficult challenges. We are grateful to Rep. Tom Oliverson and Sen. Donna Campbell for their leadership in crafting this effective and compassionate legislation that safeguards the health and wellbeing of Texas’s children.”