As the fight to end gender mutilation practices in Texas continues, new legislation has been filed that would prohibit doctors from providing so-called “gender transition” procedures to anyone under the age of 26.

State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R–Arlington) filed House Bill 4754, or The Texas Millstone Act, which would prohibit doctors from providing hormone-blocking drugs or mutilation services to anyone younger than 26. Anyone guilty of violating the act would face a state jail felony and their medical licenses could be revoked.

Indeed, if the act is passed, an individual harmed by the malpractice of gender mutilation can bring suit for any damages incurred as a result of the procedure or treatment performed.

“When I took office, I never could have guessed that Texas’ youth would need protection from legal, sexual mutilation. Yet, here we are,” Tinderholt said. “Young people across our state are being taken advantage of by clinics and physicians engaged in these barbaric gender modification procedures. Innocent Texas children are having their futures destroyed. It’s time to put a stop to it.”

Increasingly over the past decade, gender mutilation practices have been skyrocketing throughout the country, especially in minors, where children are prescribed life-altering drugs during the beginning stages of puberty.

After receiving hormone-blockers and sex change surgeries,  many patients regret their decisions.

Walt Heyer started his transgender journey at the age of 4 years old, when his grandmother repeatedly cross-dressed him. This eventually led to him mutilating his body at the age of 42 and transitioning to a woman. His doctor told him that the only way to fix his childhood trauma and gender dysphoria was through a sex-change.

As more stories come out about children and adults regretting making these life-altering decisions and doctors using gender dysphoria as a means to create life-long patients, legislators are continuing to pile on bills to end the practice.

“It’s the responsibility of Texas lawmakers to step up and defend the next generation from these evil procedures,” Tinderholt said. “The overwhelming scientific consensus is that the human brain isn’t fully developed until near the age of 25, and our laws should reflect that.”

Tinderholt says the Texas Millstone Act is named in reference to Matthew 18:6: “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

The bill has not yet been referred to a committee in the House.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.