(L-R) State Sen. Charles Perry and State Rep. Cole Hefner | image via Texas legislature
An accountant and an insurance salesman are the key drivers behind anti-trans stupidity in Texas.

The Texas legislature is considering SB-1646/HB-4014. If enacted into law, doctors, pharmacists and parents could all be charged with child abuse for:

… administering or supplying, or consenting to or assisting in the administering or supplying of, a puberty suppression prescription drug or cross-sex hormone to a child … for the purpose of gender transitioning or gender reassignment; or … performing or consenting to the performance of surgery or another medical procedure on a child … for the purpose of gender transitioning or gender reassignment.

Depending upon how the “offense” is charged, it could be considered a third degree felony which could result in up to ten years in prison.

In other words medical care in conformity with the Clinical Practice Guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Endocrine Society could result in parents, doctors and pharmacists going to the hoosegow for a very long time.
Just who are the prime sponsors of these bills?

The Christian warrior on the Senate side is State Senator Charles Perry (District 28). Perry is an accountant by trade. The closest he might have come to being exposed to medical science is preparing the tax return of a proctologist. In a hearing, Perry reportedly said:

God gave us a season in life, and it’s to have innocence up to a certain point.When parents interject things that rob children of that innocence, and really robs them of a future, we have a problem.

No surprisingly, Perry is a deacon at Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock. Perry has four grandchildren. When one of them has a medical condition he should urge them to get treated by his pastor..

On the House side is State Representative Cole Hefner (District 5). We are informed:

Cole spent 16 years in the construction industry, where he owned his own business, and eventually took over the management of his family’s commercial construction company. Currently, he is a small business owner in the insurance industry, and he understands the importance of hard work and conservative values.

Hefner’s medical erudition might have come from selling malpractice insurance to Senator Perry’s proctologist. Hefner has seven children and he is a member of the South Jefferson Baptist Church. If one of his kids has a medical condition, perhaps he can refer them to Senator Perry for treatment.

Seriously, who are these arrogant idiots to even think that their judgment is superior to that of overwhelming consensus of medical science? Are they legislating or conducting a prayer service?

Jill Glover
Another genius, Jill Glover, a counselor and member of the Texas Republican Executive Committee with a history of transphobic rhetoric has reportedly said that “children are unable to give informed consent.” That is true. That is precisely why parental consent is required. A search for Glover’s Texas counseling license yields no results.

Healthcare decisions should be made by qualified doctors, parents and patients — not legislators.

I sent Perry an email which is admittedly rhetorical. Therein, I asked four questions:

  1. Are you aware that banning puberty blockers would force pediatricians to violate the Clinical Practice Guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics?
  2. Will you solicit expert testimony on gender-affirming health care?
  3. What research have you reviewed regarding pediatric gender dysphoria? (Research means articles published to reputable academic journals with robust peer review.)
  4. Can I safely assume that Alliance Defending Freedom has authored the boilerplate?

Included in the above is a link to the American Academy of Pediatrics. I am pretty confident that Perry will not follow the link and that he will not respond to my email. The holier-than-thou set are not particularly curious. Nor will they deal with people who do not agree with them.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.