Idaho Democratic Party Chair Lauren Necochea released the following statement in response to Gov. Little signing HB 71 into law:

“Governor Little just signed away the rights of loving parents to access the medical care they choose for their children. His decision criminalizes treatments proven to reduce suicidality, anxiety, and depression among transgender youth.

“This legislation harms our vulnerable kids the most. It also hurts entire communities. Our friends and neighbors will be driven out of state. The continued criminalization of standard care endorsed by major medical associations will push more doctors to leave Idaho.

“I am hopeful that a successful legal challenge will strike down the law well before it takes effect on January 1, 2024. Nevertheless, this action sends a cruel message to our transgender youth.

“It’s a dark day for Idaho and history will not look kindly on the Republican lawmakers who enacted this legislation.”


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Avery Roberts, Communications Director for the Idaho Democratic Party
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