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217 Today: Missouri GOP wants to limit gender-affirming care, but what is it?

The Washington University Transgender Center at Children's Hospital in St. Louis is one of the only places in the region that provides gender-affirming care to people under 18.

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • Governor J.B. Pritzker congratulated Chicago Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson for winning Tuesday’s election and said he looks forward to working with him.
  • The Illinois Department of Corrections obtained “do not resuscitate” orders from prisoners even when they were not “of sound mind.”
  • Faculty and support staff at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston are going on strike Thursday. 
  • Three communities in Fulton County took the majority of damage from Tuesday night’s severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about how transgender patients, their families and doctors say many people are getting the wrong idea about gender-affirming care.

Reporting today contributed by Camryn Cutinello, Shannon Heffernan, Jim Meadows, Tim Shelley, and Sarah Fentem.

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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a student at the University of Illinois studying journalism. At Illinois Public Media, Anderson works as a general assignment reporter and produces and hosts the 217 Today podcast.

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