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Ban on Gender-Affirming Care for Minors Allowed to Take Effect in Indiana

FILE - Protesters stand outside of the Senate chamber at the Indiana Statehouse on Feb. 22, 2023, in Indianapolis. A federal judge is scheduled Wednesday, June 14, to hear arguments in a lawsuit seeking to block an Indiana law banning doctors from providing puberty blockers, hormones and gender-affirming surgeries to minors. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday allowed Indiana’s ban on gender-affirming care to go into effect, removing a temporary injunction a judge issued last year.

The ruling was handed down by a panel of justices on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. It marked the latest decision in a legal challenge the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed against the ban, enacted last spring amid a national push by GOP-led legislatures to curb LGBTQ+ rights.

The law was slated to go into effect on July 1, 2023. But the month before, U.S. District Court Judge James Patrick Hanlon issued an injunction preventing most of it from taking effect. Hanlon blocked the state from prohibiting minors’ access to hormone therapies and puberty blockers, but allowed the law’s prohibition on gender-affirming surgeries to take effect.

Hanlon’s order also blocked provisions that would prohibit Indiana doctors from communicating with out-of-state doctors about gender-affirming care for their patients younger than 18.

In a written statement Tuesday, the ACLU of Indiana called the appeals court’s ruling “heartbreaking” for transgender youth, their doctors and families.

“As we and our clients consider our next steps, we want all the transgender youth of Indiana to know this fight is far from over,” the statement read. “We will continue to challenge this law until it is permanently defeated and Indiana is made a safer place to raise every family.”

The three-judge panel that issued Tuesday’s order comprises two justices appointed by Republican presidents and one by a Democrat. The late Republican President Ronald Reagan appointed Kenneth F. Ripple; former Republican President Donald Trump appointed Michael B. Brennan; and current Democratic President Joe Biden appointed Candace Jackson-Akiwumi.

The ACLU of Indiana brought the lawsuit on behalf of four youths undergoing gender-affirming treatments and an Indiana doctor who provides such care. The lawsuit argued the ban would violate the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection guarantees and trampled upon the rights of parents to decide medical treatment for their children.

Every major medical group, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association, has opposed the restrictions enacted by at least 23 states and has said that gender-affirming care for minors is safe if administered properly.

Representatives from Indiana University Health Riley Children’s Hospital, the state’s sole hospital-based gender health program, told legislators earlier last year that doctors don’t perform or provide referrals for genital surgeries for minors. IU Health was not involved in the ACLU’s lawsuit.

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita called the state law “commonsense” in a post on X, formally known as Twitter, Tuesday evening.

Most of the bans on gender-affirming care for minors that have been enacted across the U.S. have been challenged with lawsuits. A federal judge struck down Arkansas’ ban as unconstitutional. Judges’ orders are in place temporarily blocking enforcement of the bans in Idaho and Montana.

The states that have enacted laws restricting or banning gender-affirming medical care for transgender minors are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

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5 comments

You will thank us one day February 28, 2024 at 7:13 pm

From the signs in the picture:
“stop attacks on trans youth”…. trans youth didnt exist 20 years ago…what changed? 3rd world countries dont have “trans youth” populations…

“we will exist regardless”… 20 years ago there wasnt trans youth….seems like GROOMING is becoming mainstream and the “trans youth” is the victim. and since you “exist regardless”, you can exist without permanent treatments…you will thank us in 5 years when you evolve out of this mental issue.

“ever wonder why the party of small government loves being big government towards certain populations”…..i love this sign the most….YES, WE PROTECT THOSE POPULATIONS THAT CANT PROTECT THEMSELVES, EVEN FROM THEMSELF…From the unborn babies to the day before you turn 18.

….you are all welcome…

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Lots of money to be made February 28, 2024 at 7:23 pm

#1…”do no harm”

SHAME ON ALL DOCTORS PUSHING TREATMENTS….but I get… doctors push kids to enter into treatment creating a need to the kids to always need ongoing treatments for the rest of their life….LIFE LONG PATIENTS…such a great buiness plan (sar)

the ACLU is a fascist organization so understanable they are for grooming children.

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Yeff March 1, 2024 at 7:15 pm

Barack Obama happened. He was the first transgender president. Big mike will be the second trans-pres. Brought to by the perverts on the left.

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Pat March 1, 2024 at 1:06 pm

“gender-affirming care” is nothing but a weasel phrase so the proponents of this insanity don’t have to speak the truth, which is that we are talking about the bodily mutilation of minors, also called child abuse

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Yeff March 1, 2024 at 7:18 pm

“It’s science!” No truer words were ever spoken. “Y’, or “XY”. Only God can determine.

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