Marjorie Taylor Greene now wishes the US would implement one of England’s health care policies

Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) yells as President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address
Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) yells as President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address Photo: Jack Gruber / USA TODAY NETWORK / USA TODAY NETWORK

Despite her general reluctance to look to other countries for insight into policy, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is now saying the U.S. should be more like England after it restricted access to puberty blockers for transgender young people.

“I wish Congress was bold enough to move forward with my Protect Children’s Innocence Act to ban puberty blockers and end child genital mutilation surgeries,” she wrote on X, referring to her bill that would ban, at the federal level, gender-affirming care for transgender youth, restrict access to gender-affirming care for transgender adults, and ban medical schools from teaching about gender-affirming care.

“Protecting our kids from these life altering procedures shouldn’t be partisan!” she added, even though her bill hasn’t come up for a vote in the past 15 months despite Republican control of the House.

She linked an article about England’s health care system, NHS England, announcing that it would restrict access to puberty blockers for transgender youth.

Puberty blockers are reversible medications that stop a child from going through puberty before it can permanently change the teen’s body in ways that may increase lifelong feelings of gender dysphoria, giving them and their families more time to understand their identity. They have been shown to reduce lifelong suicide risk for transgender people.

The new NHS England policy will prohibit the “routine” prescription of puberty blockers to minors, but allows individual clinicians to continue to apply to have the drugs funded for minor patients on a case-by-case basis. The Conservative Party, which currently controls Parliament, praised the new policy, while LGBTQ+ advocates decried NHS England for denying trans youth “access to high quality, timely healthcare.”

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