OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – An Oklahoma lawmaker is making national news after authoring a controversial bill in the Sooner State.
Sen. David Bullard authored Senate Bill 129, which is also known as the Millstone Act of 2023.
Under the measure, it would be illegal for physicians or other healthcare professionals to provide gender transition procedures to anyone under the age of 26.
“Four short years ago when I received the honor to serve in the Oklahoma State Senate, I could not have imagined that it would be necessary to file a bill to protect children in our state from being legally sexually mutilated, yet we find ourselves in that very situation. Surgical and chemical genital mutilation has been occurring in our great state, and it must be stopped,” Bullard said. “We have a sacred duty to protect our children from those who wish to do them harm. Senate Bill 129 is designed to protect our children from those who want to benefit financially at their expense. Child abuse is a felony in our state and mutilating a young person’s genitalia should be viewed no differently. The Millstone Act will hold those who perform child mutilation accountable by making such activity a felony. Those guilty of such a heinous crime will be both legally and financially liable.”
If a physician or healthcare professional is found to have referred a patient for or provided gender transition procedures to anyone under 26, they could be found guilty of a felony and would lose their medical license.
The measure does not apply to procedures necessary due to infection, a sexual developmental disorder, or injury.
Bullard says he chose the age of 26 due to scientific findings that determined the brain doesn’t fully develop and mature until the mid-to late 20s.