‘The physical and psychological safety of our children can now be better protected from these untested and life-altering chemical and surgical procedures.’
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.’
Supporters of trans kids having access to puberty blockers and hormone therapy have argued that it is safe, necessary health care backed by every major medical group.
Other states have bans on care for minors, but Florida is regulating the practice for adults.
‘Parents, not the government, are best situated to make medical decisions for their children. That understanding is deeply rooted in our common understanding and our legal foundations.’
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.
Kentucky’s showdown for Governor is one of the most closely watched campaigns this year and could provide insight about voter sentiment heading into 2024 elections for the White House and Congress.
Discussions over the ban were marred by misinformation, swarmed with religious arguments and saw hours of emotional testimony from the LGBTQ+ community.