September 19, 2021

Arkansas transgender youth treatment ban blocked by federal judge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal judge on Wednesday briefly blocked enforcement of Arkansas’ ban on gender confirming therapies for transgender youth whereas a lawsuit difficult the prohibition proceeds.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in Might asking U.S. District Judge Jay Moody in Little Rock to strike down the regulation that made Arkansas the primary state to forbid medical doctors from offering gender confirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or intercourse reassignment surgical procedure to anybody below 18 years outdated, or from referring them to different suppliers for such treatment. The ACLU sought the preliminary injunction whereas its lawsuit proceeded.

The regulation had been set to take impact July 28.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of 4 transgender youths and their households, in addition to two medical doctors who present gender confirming therapies. The lawsuit argues that the prohibition would severely hurt transgender youth within the state and violate their constitutional rights.

Arkansas’ Republican-dominated Legislature overrode GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto of the measure. Hutchinson vetoed the ban following pleas from pediatricians, social staff and the dad and mom of transgender youths who stated it might hurt a group already in danger for melancholy and suicide.