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Relating to professional liability insurance coverage for and prohibitions on the provision to certain children of procedures and treatments for gender transitioning, gender reassignment, or gender dysphoria.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1399 would prohibit physicians or health care providers from transitioning a child's biological sex, as biologically determined, or affirming the child's perception of the child's sex if that perception is inconsistent with the child's biological sex. These physicians would not be allowed to perform surgery; mastectomy; provide, administer, or dispense prescription drugs that induce transient or permanent infertility; or remove any otherwise healthy or non-diseased body part or tissue.
These provisions of HB 1399 would not apply to to physicians or healthcare providers who, with the consent of the child's parent or guardian, utilize transition procedures to a child who is born with a medically verified genetic disorder; or does not have the normal sex chromosome structure for male or female as determined by a physician through testing.
HB 1399 would prohibit a professional liability insurance policy for a physician or health care provider from covering damages assessed against the physician or health care provider who provides child gender transitioning or gender reassignment that are now prohibited.
HB 1399 would only allow gender reassignment surgery to address specific physical diseases. This action protects children who do not have the mental or legal capacity to make decisions of this magnitude. Texas has a legitimate role in protecting children from making a drastic decision that can change their mental, physical, and emotional health forever. HB 1399 supports the principles of individual liberty and personal responsibility. Texas Action supports HB 1399.