Montana House Endorses Restrictions On Transgender Athletes, Health Care
Republican lawmakers in Montana's House of Representatives have advanced two bills that would regulate how transgender youth participate in sports and receive health care.
The Montana House passed both bills on near party line votes.
HB 112 passed second reading 62-38. HB 113 passed 53-47.
Rep. John Fuller, a Republican representing Kalispell, is carrying both bills and says he believes it’s unfair for trans women to compete in sports consistent with their gender identity. He said that trans youth aren’t old enough to make the decision to transition and that’s why he wants to restrict access to gender-affirming care.
“Children live under the guardianship of adults precisely because they lack the maturity, prudence and experience to make safe responsible decisions for themselves.”
Democrats, medical professionals and human rights organizations have pushed back against both bills saying they discriminate against trans youth and contradict best medical practice.
Democratic Rep. Alice Buckley said, “Our work here is to ensure all Montanans, including trans and nonbinary youth, have the ability to live with dignity and respect and have access to opportunities and resources that will let them thrive. This bill is harmful.”
The bills will likely move onto the state Senate for consideration next after a third House vote Tuesday.