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Lawsuit Filed Over TX Law Banning Health Care for Transgender Youth

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Friday, July 14, 2023   

Families and medical providers announced a lawsuit against the State of Texas on Thursday over new legislation that bans gender-affirming medical care for transgender youths.

The lawsuit seeks a temporary injunction to block Senate Bill 14 before it can go into effect on Sept. 1.

Brian Bond, executive director of PFLAG, the nation's largest organization representing the LGBTQ community, said the bill's passage has resulted in families splitting up or planning to leave Texas to continue treatment for their children.

"PFLAG members, parents and families in Texas are hurting and terrified as they scramble to find medical and mental-health-care options for their children," he said.

SB 14 would not only ban gender-affirming medical care for transgender youths in Texas but also cut off access to care for adolescent minors already receiving treatment, and would require the state to revoke the medical licenses of physicians providing that care. In 2022, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered state agencies to report and investigate gender-affirming treatment, calling it potential "child abuse."

Paul Castillo, senior counsel with Lambda Legal, said parents he's representing worry their children won't grow into happy, healthy, functioning adults unless SB 14 is overturned.

"In addition to asking the court to stop SB 14 from taking effect," he said, "we are seeking a declaration from the court that SB 14 violates the Constitution in several independent ways."

Castillo said the law violates parents' fundamental rights to parental autonomy as well as the state's constitutional guarantee of equality and equal rights by discriminating against transgender adolescents and youths based on transgender sex and status.


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