A pediatrician said the proposed ban would make the already difficult path for transgender youth to obtain medical care ‘even more torturous and virtually impossible to navigate.’
‘There is not one treatment that is offered to transgender patients in North Carolina that is not also offered to the rest of the patients in their care.’
The inmates said in their lawsuit that they suffered side effects from taking the drug including vision issues, diarrhea and stomach cramps.
In lifting the injunction, the judges wrote that states have ‘a compelling interest in protecting children from drugs, particularly those for which there is uncertainty regarding benefits, recent surges in use, and irreversible effects.’
North Carolina becomes the 22nd state to enact legislation restricting or banning gender-affirming medical care for transgender minors.
The competing measures authored by Republicans in each chamber both prohibit using state funds to pay for gender-transition procedures.
At least 19 other states have enacted laws restricting or banning gender-affirming care for minors following Arkansas’ law, and nearly all of them have been challenged in court.