Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee raises cattle and has a BS. Yet he presumes to be qualified to regulate the treatment of a medical condition.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee raises cattle and has a BS. Yet he presumes to be qualified to regulate the treatment of a medical condition. | Photo via WKRN

As amended this measure became meaningless. Yet is remains offensive and damaging.

This week Tennessee’s Governor, Bill Lee, signed SB0126. The measure sought to ban gender-affirming care in Tennessee. An amendment has rendered the measure meaningless. The law is effective immediately.

The geniuses in the state legislature who are responsible for stupidity are Rep. Sabi Kumar and State Senator Ferrell Haile. Rep. Sabi Kumar is a surgeon (although he is not board certified). Kumar is no more qualified to regulate transgender medicine than a dentist. The fact that he is a doctor is immaterial. Would you see a proctologist for treatment of a dislocated femur?

Moreover, State Sen. Ferrell Haile is a farmer and pharmacist with a B.S.Ph. Haile is no more qualified to regulate transgender medicine than his farm’s fertilizer supplier.

Tenn. Rep. Sabi Kumar and Sen. Ferrell Haile want doctors to practice pseudoscience with trans youth
(L-R) Tennessee legislators Rep. Sabi Kumar and Sen. Ferrell Haile presume to substitute their unqualified judgment for settled science regarding the treatment of trans youth.

It is patently obvious that Lee, Kumar and Haile are more interested in defending Jesus than the wellbeing of children. I wonder how Kumar would react if Gov. Lee signed into law a bill banning hip replacements because God does not approve of spare parts.

“These ignoramuses are not just defying medical science. With a wink and a nod, they are defying the Establishment Clause.”

Fortunately, the amended bill does nothing.

According to the text of the bill that Lee signed:

(a) As used in this section:
(1) “Healthcare prescriber” means an individual licensed under this title and authorized to prescribe medications;
(2) “Minor” means a person who is less than eighteen (18) years of age; and
(3) “Prepubertal minor” means a minor in Tanner stage 1 development.
(b) Standard medical practice does not involve prescribing hormone treatment for gender dysphoric or gender incongruent prepubertal minors. Except as provided in subsection (c), a healthcare prescriber shall not prescribe a course of treatment that involves hormone treatment for gender dysphoric or gender incongruent prepubertal minors.

According to that text, the measure only applies to prepubescent minors (Tanner stage 1). Puberty blockers are not introduced until Tanner stage 2. Since prepubescent kids are not candidates to receive hormones in the first place, the ban has no effect whatsoever.

If any reader disagrees with my take, please let me know.

Having said that, the first sentence of paragraph b is legislative sophistry. The standard of care for minors is established by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The standard is based on the gender-affirming care model.

“In the final analysis a group of lawyers is influencing a group of unqualified legislators to defy medical science.”

However, the bill has already damaged children

Initially, children and their parents were faced with the prospect of having their puberty blockers banned. Later aged teens would have lost access to cross-sex hormones. While that did not come to pass, these kids, and their parents, were forced to endure an unimaginable level of stress.

A particularly vulnerable and anxious group of children had their levels of anxiety increased. And for what?

Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBTQ hate group, is going around the country offering legislative boilerplate. ADF is further misinforming already misinformed Republican legislators who become energized to sponsor these measures.

In the final analysis a group of lawyers is influencing a group of unqualified legislators to defy medical science. The lawyers and legislators do so in defense of scripture.

These ignoramuses are not just defying medical science. With a wink and a nod, they are defying the Establishment Clause:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …

American jurisprudence has held that the word Congress applies to government at all levels.

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.