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Kansas lawmakers try again to ban gender-affirming care

It's Election Day in Missouri, and Jackson County is finally voting on the much-discussed stadium sales tax proposal. Plus: Kansas lawmakers sent a bill to Gov. Laura Kelly last week to ban gender-affirming health care for minors. Kelly has vetoed similar measures in the past, but this time, the legislature's GOP supermajority might have the power to override any decision she makes.

Kansas Senate Bill No. 233 proposes a ban on gender affirming care for anyone under the age of 18. Should the law pass, minors in Kansas would no longer have access to things like puberty blockers, gender-affirming surgery, or hormone treatment.

Republicans in the House and Senate are in strong favor of the bill, and say the treatments are dangerous, or minors may regret them later. However, studies found that nearly zero patients who underwent the treatments later reported regret, while delaying that care can cause physical and mental health problems.

Blaise Mesa, Kansas Statehouse reporter at The Beacon, spoke with Up To Date host Steve Kraske about the bill, how it's part of a larger national trend, and the likelihood of it becoming law.

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