Today, in an effort to protect the integrity of female sports and Missouri children from potentially harmful experimental surgeries and treatment, I have signed Senate Bill (SB) 39 and SB 49 into law. pic.twitter.com/NDbbkoq6gA
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) June 7, 2023
Against treatment of minors
The Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act prevents gender reassignment surgeries and the prescription of gender transition drugs for those under 18.
In addition, the rule prohibits the state's Medicaid program from funding gender transition surgeries, hormone treatments and puberty blockers.
Medical treatment for individuals in prisons, jails and penitentiaries will also not include gender transition surgeries.
With this new law, Missouri joins the nearly 20 states that have enacted laws against gender transition treatments for minors.
Educational institutions may not allow trans athletes to participate in girls' sports. This has been established in the second bill approved this week in Missouri, which also specifies that the birth certificate will be the key document to determine in which category children will be able to compete.
"Women and girls deserve and have fought for an equal opportunity to succeed," the governor said after signing SB 39. He continued, "With this legislation today, we stand up to the nonsense and stand with them as they take back their sport competitions."
Private, public and charter schools will lose state aid if they violate these regulations. Both students and their guardians may go to court in case of non-compliance and request injunctive relief.
More and more female athletes have come out against transgender participation in women's sports. The new Missouri law points out that there is a notable disparity in the athletic performance of female students and their male counterparts.