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West Virginia governor signs ban on gender-affirming care

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during the State of the State Address on Feb. 10, 2021. | Chris Jackson/AP Photo By Associated Press 03/29/2023 07:42 PM EDT Link CopiedCHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Republican Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday signed a bill banning gender-affirming care for minors, joining at least 10 other states that have enacted laws restricting or outlawing medically supported treatments for transgender youth.The bill outlaws those under 18 from being prescribed hormone therapy and fully reversible puberty blockers. It also bans minors from receiving gender-affirming surgery, something physicians say doesn’t even happen in West Virginia.Unlike measures passed in other states, however, West Virginia’s law contains a unique exemption: It permits doctors to prescribe medical therapy if a teenager is considered at risk for self-harm or suicide. Florida

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