Marjorie Greene Prioritizes Gender-Affirming Care Bill Amidst Speaker Selection Turmoil

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GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has spotlighted her “Protect Children’s Innocence Act” (H.R. 1399) as a pivotal factor in determining her support for the next Speaker of the House.

The bill, introduced in June 2023, has been a topic of heated debate due to its stringent restrictions on gender-affirming healthcare and related educational content.

During an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News, Greene emphasized the importance of her bill, which has been idling in the House Judiciary Committee since September, in her decision-making process regarding the new speaker.

The legislation, which aims to halt transgender surgeries for children and imposes several other restrictions related to gender-affirming care, has garnered the support of 44 Republican cosponsors and has found an ally in Sen. JD Vance, who introduced a copy in the Senate (S.2357).

The “Protect Children’s Innocence Act” extends its prohibitions beyond merely limiting access to gender-affirming care for children.

A press release from Greene’s office reveals that the bill also seeks to ban “taxpayer-funded gender-affirming care,” prevent “institutions of higher education” from providing education about gender-affirming care, and restrict entry into the United States for any foreign individual who has performed gender-affirming care on a minor.

Greene has also been vocal about her legislation in the context of the House speaker vote.

On October 4, she expressed her support for President Donald J. Trump as a candidate for Speaker on X (formerly Twitter), citing among her reasons the belief that the former president would “pass my bill to stop transgender surgeries on kids and keep men out of women’s sports.”

As the GOP navigates through the selection of a new speaker, Greene’s advocacy for her bill and its potential implications on transgender individuals and educational institutions will likely continue to stir discussions and debates within and outside the party.

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