North Carolina will not pass a controversial bill that limits medical treatments for transgender youth.
The state’s Republican Senate leader Phil Berger said the chamber wouldn’t advance a bill proposed by three GOP members that sought to limit medical treatments for transgender people under 21.
“We do not see a pathway to Senate Bill 514 becoming law,” Pat Ryan, a spokesperson for GOP Senate leader Phil Berger. “The bill will not be voted on the Senate floor.”
The bill also prohibited doctors from providing gender-confirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers, or surgery to transgender individuals under the age of 21.
“This is welcome news, but the trauma and impact of these bills on the trans community over the past few weeks have been horrifying,” Equality North Carolina tweeted. “Legislators who sponsored this bill, and the other two anti-trans bills at the NCGA, have blood on their hands.”
The bill faced a certain veto if it had reached the desk of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. The proposal did not clear any committees, and the lack of support from Berger for advancing it is the nail in the coffin for a proposal that LGBTQ advocates consider harmful.