ATLANTA — A state representative in Georgia has proposed a law that would make it a felony for medical professionals to assist in changing a minor’s gender either through surgery or medication.

State Rep. Ginny Ehrhart, R-Marietta, announced on Wednesday in a press release that she intends to introduce “The Vulnerable Child Protection Act” in the 2020 legislative section.

If passed, the act would make it a felony for doctors to perform certain medical procedures on children, such as “sterilization, mastectomy, vasectomy, castration and other forms of genital mutilation.” It would also make it a felony to prescribe “puberty-blocking drugs” and “cross-sex hormone therapy.”

“Cross-sex hormone therapy” is when a biological female is given synthetic testosterone or when a biological male is given synthetic estrogen in an attempt to make the body resemble a different sex.

Speaking to CNA, Ehrhart said that she has been working on the bill for nearly two years and that it was “not a knee-jerk reaction to anything that’s currently in the media,” but she considers it “timely.”

Ehrhart said the aim of the bill was to curb the “dangerous tide” of the increasing number of minor children identifying as transgender and being placed on drugs that delay puberty and on cross-sex hormones.

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