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Republican Lawmakers in Missouri Ban Transgender Health Care, Athletics

Missouri is now the latest state to take a stance against the controversial topic of gender-affirming health care and transgender athletics in children.

On Wednesday, the Missouri House passed two bills to address both issues.

The first bans the use of puberty blockers, hormones or gender-affirming surgery in children.

The bill also forbids gender-affirming care in adults from being covered under Medicaid.

A second bill was also passed, banning transgender girls and women from participating in girls or women’s athletics.

It applies for kindergarten through college, and any school that allows transgender girls or women to play would be stripped of state funding.

Governor Mike Parson is expected to sign both bills into law. The bills would expire in 2027.