Louisiana State Sen. Fred Mills, in cahoots with Democrats, effectively halted the advancement of a bill that sought to prohibit healthcare professionals from administering gender transition procedures like hormone treatments, puberty blockers, and surgeries to minors.
According to reports, a state Senate committee reached a 5-4 decision to terminate the proposed legislation, with Mills aligning himself with the Democrats during the voting process. The senator was quoted expressing his belief that decisions regarding such measures should be a collaborative choice made between the patient and their physician.
Mills, who transitioned from being a Democrat to a Republican, is the owner and pharmacist of Mills Cashway Pharmacy and receives large donations from Big Pharma. Conservative commentator Matt Walsh took to Twitter to condemn Mills’ actions, claiming he had sided with those he referred to as “butchers and groomers.”
Fred Mills has sided with the butchers and groomers. He will regret it. This is the biggest mistake of his political career, and also the end of his career. He’s going to be infamous and disgraced by his own base. We’ll make sure of that. https://t.co/ZiJFM9gScs
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) May 24, 2023
Walsh predicted this move would mark the pinnacle of Mills’ political career and ultimately lead to its downfall. He further asserted that Mills would face infamy and disgrace among his own supporters, ensuring that his reputation would suffer the consequences.
Additionally, conservative figure Jesse Kelly tweeted a warning to Fred Mills, suggesting that the senator’s office would be bombarded with calls during the airing of The Jesse Kelly Show.
Alongside the tweet, Kelly shared contact details, including a phone number and email address, encouraging individuals who wished to express their concerns to reach out to the lawmaker directly. The contentious issue of providing gender transition measures to minors has stirred passionate debate among various stakeholders.
Supporters argue these procedures can be crucial for transgender youth in affirming their gender identities and ensuring their overall well-being. Conversely, opponents express concerns over potential medical risks, ethical considerations, and the ability of minors to make informed decisions regarding their long-term health.
The bill’s defeat signifies a notable collaboration between Mills and Democrats, a rare occurrence in the current political landscape. The decision has sparked outrage among many conservatives and moderates who vehemently oppose gender transition procedures performed on innocent children.
As the aftermath unfolds, it remains to be seen how this incident will impact Sen. Mills’ political future and standing among his constituents.