This article documents some of the concerns about the Ohio bill which “would require government entities, including schools, courts and hospitals, to ‘immediately’ notify parents if a child displays signs of gender dysphoria or ‘demonstrates a desire to be treated in a manner opposite of the child’s biological sex,’ according to the proposal.”
Some questions to think about as you read:
- What is the relationship between HIPPA and this new bill? Would the above mandated reporting violate HIPPA in some cases?
- In what ways will this inhibit or increase students’ expressions to their teachers concerning gender dysphoria? What side effects might accompany mandated reporting? What detriments and benefits would students receive once a family is notified?
- Will the bill allow a counselor at a local school to make a decision not to report to a family out of safety concerns for the student?
- Do children have a right to privacy?