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Statement on Illinois HB 3515

March 14th, 2019

In response to a transphobic bill introduced by State Representative Tom Morrison of Palatine in the Illinois House, West Suburban IL Democratic Socialists of America have issued the following statement:

"West Suburban Illinois DSA strongly condemns Rep. Thomas Morrison's vile, bigoted, and anti-science bill, HB3515. Paradoxically entitled the "Youth Health Protection Act", this bill targets children with gender dysphoria by punishing doctors who provide the advice and care they need. This is in direct contradiction of the widely accepted policy of the American Academy of Pediatrics. See https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/142/4/e20182162.

Healthcare should be a right for all U.S. residents. This attempt to prevent gender dysphoric youth from receiving appropriate care during a critical time period is a particularly egregious attack on people beholden to a system that already heavily discriminates against gender dysphoric and trans folk. Healthcare, especially when it involves children, is a private matter for the families and doctors involved, not legislators basing their prescriptions on fear and prejudice.

DSA stands with all members of the LBGTQ community and against Rep. Morrison and his hateful attempt to strip healthcare from some of the most vulnerable members of our society."

Citizens should contact Rep. Morrison to express their outrage. His numbers can be found here: http://www.ilga.gov/house/Rep.asp?MemberID=2592

The bill can be found here: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=3515&GAID=15&DocTypeID=HB&LegId=120154&SessionID=108&GA=101