For months, transgender children, their parents and their advocates have anxiously watched House Bill 1399 in Texas, a measure that would prohibit health care providers from performing gender confirmation surgery or prescribing, administering or supplying puberty blockers or hormone treatment to anyone under the age of 18.
Its aim was identified as one of the Republican Party of Texas’ top priorities for the 2021 legislative session. And though physicians groups and mental health advocates warned that the bill would have harmful effects on transgender children, the measure advanced out of the House Public Health Committee last month.
But as Thursday night approaches, the bill’s future could be in doubt. The House could have taken it up as early as Wednesday, but didn’t get to it — or a lot of other legislation — before ending the day. If the chamber doesn’t get to the bill before midnight, it will fail.
But a Senate committee has already approved Senate Bill 1311 by Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, which would revoke the medical license of health care providers and physicians who perform such procedures or prescribe such drugs or hormones to people younger than 18. It’s unclear, though, whether that measure has the support of enough senators to reach the floor for a full vote.