The Friuli Venezia Giulia regional council which is a region of autonomy in the northeastern Italy has approved of a motion that calls the national government for the prohibition of the so-called drugs for puberty-blocking that are used in the so-called reassignment treatment for children with confused gender.
In a move on July 17 by a center-right majority that was led by the League party, the regional council of Friuli Venezia Giulia has approved of the motion which will prevent the prescription of drugs that stop the normal sexual development of youngsters.
The leader of the League is Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini.
According to the motion of the council, puberty is no disease and hence does not have to be prevented through surgeries or medications which then lead to produce effects that are irreversible.
The motion read that there was no evidence on the full restoration of fertility if one withdraws from the treatment. The motion further cites data that was collected by the American College of Pediatricians that said that as many as ninety-eight percent of minors naturally outgrow their gender dysphoria, which is having a feeling that one’s gender expression does not match with one’s biological sex, after passing through puberty.
Mauro Bordin, representative of the League on the council as well as a signatory of the motion said that they expressed opposition to the use of such drugs. He further said that there were not sufficient clinical studies particularly regarding the negative long-term effects of the drugs and why preventing puberty pharmacologically might lead to a misalignment in the person’s physical as well as cognitive development. He added that puberty-blockers might even compromise parts of the brain that play their role in contributing to the definition of one’s sexual identity.