Texas Supreme Court Upholds Gender Transition Treatment Ban for Minors

(VitalNews.org) – The Supreme Court of Texas decided to keep the ban on gender transition treatment for minors. Texas is the largest state with restrictions on such a treatment, and it’s one of twenty-five states with a restriction like this one.

The law has been in effect since last year and it prohibits children under eighteen from obtaining gender transition treatment such as hormone therapy, puberty blockers and gender transition surgery. This law does exempt those who have “a medically verifiable genetic disorder of sex development” or children who are experiencing early puberty.

A lawsuit was challenging the law saying that it harms those who have been recommended gender transition treatment by their doctor or parents by banning them from receiving treatment necessary to their health. The eight to one ruling was to keep the ban in place.

Wrote Justice Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle, who supported the ruling, “We conclude the Legislature made a permissible, rational policy choice to limit the types of available medical procedures for children, particularly in light of the relative nascency of both gender dysphoria and its various modes of treatment and the Legislature’s express constitutional authority to regulate the practice of medicine.”

The one judge that opposed the upholding of the ban, Justice Debra Lehrmann, said that they were “legislating away fundamental parental rights.”

Lehrmann continued, “The State’s categorical statutory prohibition prevents these parents, and many others, from developing individualized treatment plans for their children in consultation with their physicians, even the children for whom treatment could be lifesaving.”

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