OU Health stops some gender health services from lobbying

OU Health said it is halting some sexual health services after receiving pressure from the state, and it comes after new legislation that threatened to withhold tens of millions of federal funds from the hospital if it continues. More than $39 million is at stake. “The legislatures seem to believe that health care and mental health for transgender youth and 2SLGBTQ-plus is essentially a bargaining chip they can use,” said Cindy Nguyen, director of policy for the ACLU of Oklahoma. The bill would allow OU Health to build a new children’s mental health facility, but it comes at a cost: No more gender-confirmation surgeries. “They’re working on a budget now from the OU and that doesn’t affect it at all,” Rep. Randy Randleman (R) Eufaula. GOP lawmakers plan to withhold $39.4 million from OU Health if gender confirmation surgeries are performed there, money earmarked for a children’s mental health facility. After facing tremendous pressure, the hospital announced some changes. “The legislature has placed restrictions on the use of funds from utilizing facilities that provide certain gender medicine services. The new mental and behavioral health facility was not intended to provide such care. The ban would be life-threatening,” the OU Health senior leadership team said in a partial statement. Transgender youth. OU Health’s current best practices in a partial statement. Trans youth simply means delaying puberty to give that child time to make informed medical decisions about his or her body and this law will take away that right to choose.” Trans youth but focus on children’s mental health. “Solve the big problem we have now,” Randelman said in a press release. That’s where I want the most money to actually go is to help us have more healthy children and families.” Unalterable hormonal actions, including changing sex, at a young age, age can cause physical, mental, and emotional damage that is not They can be fixed for the child” and should not be backed by taxpayer money. On Tuesday, KOCO 5 asked him how trans families in Oklahoma should take the message. “It’s not taking anybody away for services. It’s saying that we need behavioral issues and families are dysfunctional that we want that individual money to focus on that to get us back to where we should be,” Randelman said House Bill 1007 will be considered during the hearing The special that begins on Wednesday and lasts three days.

OU Health said it is halting some sexual health services after receiving pressure from the state.

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

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

The bill would allow OU Health to build a new children’s mental health facility, but it comes at a cost: No more gender-confirmation surgeries.

“They’re working with a budget now from the OU and that doesn’t affect it at all,” said Rep. Randy Randleman (R) Eufaula.

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

“The legislature has placed restrictions on the use of funds from facilities that perform certain gender medicine services. The new mental and behavioral health facility was never intended to provide such care. The OU health senior leadership team is proactively planning to discontinue some gender medicine services across The world. OU Health said in a partial statement that our facilities and this plan are already under development.”

The Oklahoma Civil Liberties Union said the ban would threaten the lives of transgender youth.

“Current best practice for transgender youth simply means delaying puberty to give this child time to make informed medical decisions about his or her body and this law will take away that right to choose,” Nguyen said.

Randelman, who is also a licensed psychologist, said the goal is not targeting transgender youth but focusing on children’s mental health.

“The solution to the big problem we have right now,” Randelman said. “This is where I want the most money to actually go is to help us have more healthy children and families.”

In a press release, Randelman said, “Unproven, controversial, and immutable hormonal actions, including sex change, at an early age, can cause irreparable physical, mental and emotional harm to a child” and should not be subsidized by taxpayer money.

On Tuesday, KOCO 5 asked him how Oklahoma’s transgender families should take the message.

“He doesn’t take anybody away for services,” Randelman said. “He says we have such a need for behavior problems and dysfunctional families that we want to focus this individual money on that to get us back to where we should be.”

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

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