Statement attributable to:
Ryan D. Mire, MD, MACP
WASHINGTON March 1, 2023 – The new Mississippi law that will ban gender-affirming care for patients under the age of 18 poses a dangerous threat to the health of individuals who need these evidence-based services. The American College of Physicians (ACP) is strongly opposed to unnecessary government interference in the patient-physician relationship that prevents physicians from providing their patients with evidence-based, medical services. Laws and policies that restrict access to gender-affirming care reinforce marginalization and discrimination, increasing the risk of anxiety, substance use disorders, suicide, and other mental health issues for those it affects. Transgender individuals already face extreme barriers to accessing necessary health care, this type of interference in the patient-physician relationship is unacceptable.
Moreover, this new law also threatens the medical license of any physician or other health care professional who violates the ban. Physicians should not face civil or licensure penalties for providing medical care that is in accordance with the recommendations of ACP and other medical organizations. Instead of policies that block access to health care and harm the patient-physician relationship, we need to seek ways to better support these families, improve access to care for these services, and reduce social stigma.
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