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Texas Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Youth Gender Transitions. It’s the Largest State With Such a Law

Summary of article from AP News, by Jim Vertuno, Andrew Demillo:

The Texas Supreme Court upheld a state law banning gender-affirming medical care for transgender minors, rejecting parental pleas that it violates their rights to seek care for their children. The 8-1 ruling maintains the law, effective since September 2023, making Texas the largest state to enforce such restrictions among at least 25 others. The law prohibits hormone therapies, puberty blockers, and transition surgeries for minors, with exceptions for certain medical conditions, drawing criticism for its perceived discriminatory nature. Opponents, including major medical organizations, argue the law harms transgender youths’ mental health and limits essential care, while supporters claim it protects children. The decision aligns with a broader national trend of legislative actions against transgender rights, with ongoing legal challenges and potential future federal implications.