Yesterday, the Health Committee in the NC House surprisingly voted to advance a bill that would place restrictions on transgender treatments for minors. It must now clear the Rules Committee and the entire House.
This is good news. However, we must be aware of the bill’s limitations. Carolina Journal has the details.
The most important feature is that the bill only applies to governmental hospitals and health care facilities. It appears that would make it impossible for UNC-Chapel Hill and East Carolina University to continue offering these treatments. That is important because both institutions have been engaging in these detestable services.
The bill stops short of making these treatments illegal in “private” hospital systems such as Duke and Cone. I would argue that the distinction between “public” and “private” among hospital systems is a false dichotomy because all of these facilities are instruments of the state; and they all tend to behave in a similar fashion. Moreover, governmental payments are so deeply imbedded in the system– and constitute such a vast majority of revenues– that government controls all these facilities.
It is good that the Raleigh Republicans want to restrict UNC and apparently ECU from continuing down this awful path. They tend to be reluctant to place restrictions on “private” entities. I cannot be sure whether campaign contributions are the cause in this case.
But they need to do the right thing and extend this prohibition to all health care facilities and providers statewide. They need to rise to the occasion that this awful cultural moment presents.