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Two Florida medical boards have proposed a ban on minors receiving gender-affirming care.

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The language of a first-of-its-kind rule prohibiting gender-affirming care for transgender minors who don't already receive it was approved by Florida's state medical boards on Friday afternoon.

The regulation updates the state's medical standards of practise to largely forbid medical professionals from initiating treatment for gender dysphoria in patients under the age of 18. 

The law forbids gender-affirming surgeries as well as the prescription of hormone therapy or puberty blockers to new patients who are minors.

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The rule will be the only prohibition on gender-affirming care for minors implemented by a state medical board in the nation once it takes effect, according to a statement released by Equality Florida on Friday.

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At a meeting last week that was roundly denounced by opponents, including the Endocrine Society, the rule was initially drafted.

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The Endocrine Society stated in the statement that "medical evidence, not politics, should inform treatment decisions."

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The organisation referred to the boards' rule as "anti-science" and a "blatantly discriminatory" defiance of the American Academy of Pediatrics' medical recommendations in a statement released on Friday.

American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association, which have all publicly supported gender-affirming care for transgender youths experiencing gender dysphoria.

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