Landmark Trial Begins Over Arkansas Transgender Youth Care Ban

Little Rock, Ark. – The first U.S. trial over a state ban on gender-identified care for children began Monday in Arkansas. This is the latest battle over restrictions on transgender youth, championed by Republican leaders and widely condemned by medical experts.

U.S. District Court Judge Jay Moody hears evidence and testimony on his law. temporarily blocked Last year, it banned physicians from offering sex-confirming hormone therapy, puberty blockers, or surgery to anyone under the age of 18. It also prohibited physicians from referring patients elsewhere for such care. It also prevents

Once the law is enacted, doctors who violate the ban could lose their license or face other professional disciplinary action and be sued.

of family Four transgender youth and two of the doctors providing gender-identifying care discriminated against transgender youth, violated the right of parents to make medical decisions for their children, and violated the consent of doctors. I would like Moody to repeal the law because it is unconstitutional. right to free speech. The trial is expected to last at least a week.

“As a parent, I never imagined that I would have to fight for my daughter to have the medically necessary health care,” said Lacey Genen. She is receiving gender confirmation care.

Arkansas was the first state, along with Republican lawmakers, to enact a ban on gender-confirmed care in 2021. Overturn Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson’s veto of law. Hutchinson, who signed into law other restrictions on transgender youth, said the ban went too far by cutting off the care that people currently receive.

Multiple medical groups, including the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, have opposed the ban, and experts say the treatment is safe when administered properly.

Dr. Dan Karasic, a psychiatrist called by plaintiffs to testify on Monday, rejected many of the criticisms state experts are expected to make about gender confirmation care. It also includes allegations that such care is provided as needed without evaluation and without talking to families about potential risks.

Karasic, who has treated thousands of people for gender dysphoria, said such behavior violates the standard of care for such treatments and is inconsistent with what he sees from other doctors in the field.

Karasic said the potential for irresponsible providers is no reason to ban the care of transgender youth.

“I know there are bad cardiologists, but if I have chest pain, I want to get treatment,” he said.

Proponents of the law, however, argue that the ban falls within states’ powers to regulate medical practice.

Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said, “This is to protect children.” “

A similar law was blocked by a federal judge. Alabama,and texas judge thwarted its state effort to investigate gender-confirmed care for minors as child abuse facing children’s hospitals across the country Harassment and Intimidation Violence to provide gender confirmation care.

“This latest wave of anti-trans fever, now spreading to other states, must start in Arkansas and end in Arkansas,” said the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Arkansas, which filed the lawsuit. Holly Dixon said. family’s.

3 Judge Panel for 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in August supported Moody’s Interim Injunction Blocking Enforcement of Ban. However, the state has asked the entire Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider the case.

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