Hyde Amendment-style bill would ban Tax Dollars from funding gender reassignment procedures
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –“Just as the Hyde Amendment – which has enjoyed bipartisan support for almost 50 years – bans tax dollars from funding abortions, I’m proud to file a bill which protects Texans from being forced to pay for their neighbor’s sex change," said State Rep. Brian Harrison, filing House Bill 1029 to keep Texans’ hard earned tax dollars from being used to fund gender reassignments. The bill does not ban the procedures and is modeled after the federal Hyde Amendment, which bans tax money from being used to fund abortions.
Last month, Biden’s Health & Human Services Secretary indicated that he believes taxpayers should be forced to pay for sex change surgeries, including for minors.
"Irrespective of how anyone views these procedures, it should be uncontroversial that tax money should not fund them,” says Harrison.
Since 1977, Congress has prohibited the use of taxpayer resources to fund abortions through the Hyde Amendment. HB 1029 applies this concept to state taxpayer resources and gender reassignments.
Last month Rep. Harrison also filed HB 776 to prohibit physicians from performing therapies and procedures for the treatment of gender dysphoria in minors. The bill legislatively provides children in Texas the same protection that the Florida Board of Medicine recently enacted by regulation.
- Prohibits the use of taxpayer money from funding gender reassignments
- Prohibits the use of taxpayer money from funding health benefits that covers gender reassignment
- Provides an exception for gender reassignments performed on an intersex person
- Does not prohibit the procedures but ensures that tax dollars are not being used to fund them