Utah’s Gov. Spencer Cox signed a bill Saturday banning doctors from performing sex change surgeries on minors and creating new requirements for doctors to prescribe hormone blockers and cross-sex hormones to children with gender dysphoria.
Cox, a Republican, signed Senate Bill 16, sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Kennedy, one day after it was sent to his desk by the Utah legislature. It will go into effect on July 1.
The bill prohibits healthcare providers from prescribing hormone therapies to new patients who have not been diagnosed with gender dysphoria before a certain time period and mandates that providers meet certain requirements.