Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt Signs Senate Bill 3

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday signed a bill that bars OU Health from getting federal COVID-19 relief money if the hospital group continues to provide gender-affirming care to minors. | MORE | Bill Requires OU Children’s Hospital to Stop Providing Gender-Affirming Care for Relief Money Stitt signed Senate Bill 3, and it takes effect immediately . and therapies,” Stitt said in a press release. “It is extremely inappropriate that taxpayer dollars be used to condone, promote or perform these types of controversial procedures on healthy children.” Senate Bill 3 allocates more than $39 million to OU Health for a children’s mental health center. That money, according to the bill, comes with a requirement that the OU stop providing sex reassignment or gender affirming care to children — even if the funding never went to that. specific department. | MORE | Oklahomans are reacting to the bill’s controversial stipulation asking OU Health to secure federal relief funds. OU Health officials told KOCO 5 in a statement last week that they would be shutting down those services. Stitt said in the press release that OU Health’s decision was good news, but he doesn’t believe it goes far enough. He said he is calling for action in the next legislative session to ban gender transition surgeries and permanent hormone therapies on minors in Oklahoma. | MORE | Doctor torn about leaving Oklahoma after lawmakers pass bill restricting access to gender-affirming care ‘I call on the legislature to ban all irreversible gender transition surgeries and hormone therapies on minors at their next session in February 2023,” Stitt said in the statement. . “We cannot overlook what is happening across our country, and as governor, I will not allow life-changing transitional surgeries for underage children in the state of Oklahoma.” Click here to read Senate Bill 3 in its entirety. Note: The player videos above are from previous coverage.

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday signed a bill that bars OU Health from getting federal COVID-19 relief money if the hospital group continues to provide gender-affirming care to minors.

| MORE | Bill requires OU Children’s Hospital to stop providing gender-affirming care to get relief money

Stitt signed Senate Bill 3, and it goes into effect immediately.

“By signing this bill today, we are taking the first step to protect children from permanent gender transition surgeries and therapies,” Stitt said in a press release. “It is extremely inappropriate that taxpayer dollars be used to condone, promote or perform these types of controversial procedures on healthy children.”

Senate Bill 3 allocates more than $39 million to OU Health for a children’s mental health center. That money, according to the bill, comes with a requirement that the OU stop providing sex reassignment or gender affirming care to children — even if the funding never went to that. specific department.

| MORE | Oklahomans react to bill’s controversial stipulation for OU Health to get federal relief money

OU Health officials told KOCO 5 in a statement last week that they would be shutting down those services.

Stitt said in the press release that OU Health’s decision is good news, but he doesn’t think it goes far enough. He said he is calling for action in the next legislative session to ban gender transition surgeries and permanent hormone therapies on minors in Oklahoma.

| MORE | Heartbroken doctor leaving Oklahoma after lawmakers pass bill limiting access to gender-affirming care

“I call on the legislature to ban all irreversible gender transition surgeries and hormone therapies on minors during the next session in February 2023,” Stitt said in the statement. “We cannot overlook what is happening across our country, and as governor, I will not allow life-changing transitional surgeries for underage children in the state of Oklahoma.”

Click here to read Senate Bill 3 in its entirety.

Note: The player videos above are from previous coverage.

Norman D. Briggs