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Preliminary approval to a bill that would allow 16 and 17-year-old Mainers to receive gender-affirming care without parental consent.

The stipulations in the bill includes:

  • The teen must be diagnosed with gender dysphoria.
  • The teen must be experiencing or expecting to experience harm if they don’t receive the treatment.
  • Prior counseling from a professional must be given be given before receiving written consent.

The measure will now go to the House and Senate for more voting.

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