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Measure prohibiting medical care for trans youth heads to the governor's desk

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

A measure that blocks Iowa doctors from providing care that would aid transgender youth in making a medical transition — such as hormone therapy, puberty blockers or surgery — is now able to be signed into law by the governor.

The mother of a transgender teenager shares her experience seeking care for her child, and an OBGYN discusses what gender-affirming care entails. Then state lawmakers Rep. Austin Baeth, D-Des Moines, and Rep. Steven Holt, R-Denison, join hosts Ben Kieffer and Grant Gerlock on the program to discuss the measure.


  • Karen Butler, Iowan and mother of transgender teenager
  • Dr. Kaaren Olesen, OBGYN with Broadlawns Medical Center
  • Rep. Austin Baeth, MD, D-Des Moines
  • Rep. Steven Holt, R-Denison
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Grant Gerlock is a reporter covering Des Moines and central Iowa
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio