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A Federal Judge In Arkansas Has Blocked An Arkansas Law That Prohibits Transgender Youth From Receiving Treatment.
American Civil Liberties Union

A Federal Judge In Arkansas Has Blocked An Arkansas Law That Prohibits Transgender Youth From Receiving Treatment.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge temporarily halted enforcement of Arkansas's ban on gender-confirming treatments for transgender youth on Wednesday while a lawsuit challenging the ban is pending.

In May, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in Little Rock asking U.S. District Judge Jay Moody to overturn the law that made Arkansas the first state to prohibit doctors from providing gender-confirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers, or sex reassignment surgery to anyone under the age of 18, or referring them to other providers for such treatment.

“Removing care from these patients, or minors, in the middle of their treatment would cause irreparable harm,” Moody said.

The legislation was supposed to go into effect on July 28.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of four transgender youths and their families, as well as two doctors who provide gender confirming treatments, arguing that the prohibition would be detrimental to transgender youth in the state and violate their constitutional rights.

“This ruling sends a clear message to states across the country that gender affirming care is life-saving care, and we will not allow politicians in Arkansas – or anywhere else – to take it away,” said Holly Dickson, executive director of the ACLU of Arkansas.

Arkansas' Republican-dominated legislature overrode Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson's veto of the measure, which Hutchinson vetoed in response to pleas from pediatricians, social workers, and parents of transgender youths who said it would harm a community already vulnerable to depression and suicide.

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