By LEAH WILLINGHAM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Republican-majority Senate followed a growing national trend of GOP opposition to health care for transgender youth by passing a bill that would ban certain treatments and therapies, while passing a significant change to add exceptions for mental health. The Senate bill passed Friday was highlighted by adding provisions for some transgender youth to continue to receive medical interventions, including hormone therapy, when they are deemed to be at risk of self-harm or suicide. The bill faces strong opposition in the state House of Delegates, which approved a proposed ban without exemptions for mental health. Republican Gov. Jim Justice has not taken a public position on the measure.
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