Oregon allowing teenagers access to sex transition surgery

Oregon

According to reports, Oregon can now sponsor sex reassignment surgery and other medical costs of transition procedure in transgender individuals. This year, on January 1, this law went into effect and earlier also some other states have put it into effect.

However, after news broke that law is applicable to teenagers who are as young as 15 and they can go for sex reassignment surgery without permission of their parents, questions were raised on the decision.

As per reports, the new law is intended to prevent emotional suffering that comes with a condition called gender dysphoria, in which many transgender people are affected when their expressed gender does not go with the gender with which they were born.

This surgery in addition to related treatments for transgender persons is availed with help of Medicaid. In Oregon, one needs to be of at least 15 years for medical consent, paving the way for Oregon teenagers who are at least 15 to obtain the treatment without permission of their parents.

According to Danny Askini of Gender Justice League, a nonprofit activist organization, who supported the Oregon law, “It’s not like surgery on demand”. He also said that the transition process is not that easy; it’s not like people just say that they want this surgery and undergo the procedure. He said that those who are against the law lack “a realistic portrayal of how extraordinarily difficult it is for young people to transition”.

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