What is gender-affirming care and why is Missouri trying to ban it for kids?
Last week, the Missouri State Senate passed legislation to prevent medical professionals from providing gender-affirming care to minors — but what is "gender-affirming care" and how will its absence affect trans youth?
On Thursday, March 23, the Missouri State Senate passed legislation to prevent medical professionals from providing gender-affirming care to minors — with an exception for children who had already begun treatment.
The restrictive legislation is touted as a measure to protect kids. However, gender-affirming care is endorsed by several major medical associations including the American Academy of Pediatrics. KCUR's Steve Kraske sat down with Dr. Brandon Barthel on Up To Date to learn what gender-affirming care includes and why it's sparked so much controversy nationwide.
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