Danielle Smith unveils sweeping changes to Alberta’s student gender identity, sports and surgery policies, Michelle Bellefontaine, CBC News, 2024-01-31.
Alberta will prohibit hormonal treatment, puberty blockers and gender affirming surgery for children 15 years and younger, Premier Danielle Smith announced Wednesday in a video posted to social media.
Top and bottom gender reassignment surgeries will be banned for minors aged 17, though bottom surgery is already limited to adults.
Teens aged 16 and 17 can start hormone therapy as long as they have permission from their parents, a physician and a psychologist.
Alberta parents will need to give permission before a student aged 15 and under can use a name or pronoun at school other than what they were given at birth, Smith said.
Students who are 16 or 17 won’t require permission but schools will need to let their parents know first.
Parents will have to opt students in to every lesson about sex education, sexual orientation or gender identity.
These policies are good news for the protection of minors. However, some policy changes regarding sex education are debatable.