OU Health prevents some gender-related health services from being pressured

OU Health said they were shutting down some gender-related health services after receiving pressure from the state. It comes after a new bill threatened to withhold tens of millions of federal funds from the hospital if they continue. More than $39 million is at stake. “Legislatures seem to believe that the health care and mental health of trans and 2SLGBTQ-plus youth is essentially a bargaining chip that they can use,” said Cindy Nguyen, Policy Director, ACLU of Oklahoma. The bill would allow OU Health to build a new pediatric mental health facility, but it comes at a cost: more gender-affirming surgeries. “They’re now operating on an OU budget and it doesn’t affect it in any way,” said Rep. Randy Randleman, (R) Eufaula. GOP lawmakers plan to withhold $39.4 million from OU Health if gender-affirming surgeries are performed there, money intended for a children’s mental health facility. After facing immense pressure, the hospital announced some changes. is proactively planning for the termination of certain gender medicine services at our facilities and that plan is already in the works,” OU Health said in a partial statement. The ACLU of Oklahoma said the ban would put the lives of trans youth at risk. trans youth just means delaying puberty to give that child time to make informed medical decisions about their own body and this bill will take away that right of choice,” Nguyen said. Randleman, who is also a licensed psychologist, said it was not intended to target trans youth, but to focus on children’s mental well-being. “Solving the big problem we have right now. That’s where I would like most of the money to actually go is to help us have more healthy children and families,” Randleman said. In a press release, Randleman said, “unproven, controversial, immutable hormonal procedures, including sex reassignment, at a young age can cause irreparable physical, mental and emotional harm to a child” and taxpayers’ money should not support them. On Tuesday, KOCO 5 asked him how trans families in Oklahoma should take the message. “It doesn’t cut anyone for services. It says we are in such need of behavioral issues and dysfunctional families that we want that individual money focused on that to get us back to where we should be,” said said Randleman. .House Bill 1007 will be considered during the three-day special session which begins on Wednesday.

OU Health said it was shutting down some gender-related health services after receiving pressure from the state.

It comes after a new bill threatened to withhold tens of millions of federal funds from the hospital if they continue. More than $39 million is at stake.

“Legislatures seem to believe that the health care and mental health of trans and 2SLGBTQ-plus youth is essentially a bargaining chip that they can use,” said Cindy Nguyen, director of policy, ACLU of Oklahoma.

The bill would allow OU Health to build a new pediatric mental health facility, but it comes at a cost: more gender-affirming surgeries.

“They’re now operating on an OU budget and it doesn’t affect it in any way,” said Rep. Randy Randleman, (R) Eufaula.

GOP lawmakers plan to withhold $39.4 million from OU Health if gender-affirming surgeries are performed there, money intended for a children’s mental health facility. After facing immense pressure, the hospital announced some changes.

“The legislature has limited the use of funds to benefit facilities providing certain gender medicine services. The new mental and behavioral health facility was never intended to provide such care. OU Health is proactively planning to shut down certain gender medicine services across our facilities and that plan is already in the works,” OU Health said in a partial statement.

The ACLU of Oklahoma said the ban would put the lives of trans youth at risk.

“Current best practice for trans youth simply means delaying puberty to give that child time to make informed medical decisions about their own body and this bill will take away that right of choice,” Nguyen said.

Randleman, who is also a licensed psychologist, said it was not to target trans youth but to focus on the mental well-being of children.

“Fixing the big problem we have right now. That’s where I would like most of the money to actually go is to help us have healthier children and families,” said Randleman.

In a press release, Randleman said that “unproven, controversial, and enduring hormonal procedures, including sex reassignment, at a young age can cause irreparable physical, mental, and emotional harm to a child.” and taxpayers’ money should not support them.

On Tuesday, KOCO 5 asked him how trans families in Oklahoma should take the message.

“It doesn’t cut anyone for services. It says we need behavioral issues so badly and families are dysfunctional that we want that individual money focused on that to get us back to where we should be,” said Randleman.

House Bill 1007 will be considered during the three-day special session which begins on Wednesday.

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