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Judge Rules That Idaho Cannot Enforce Ban On Gender-Affirming Care For Transgender Youth 

A federal judge has ruled that Idaho cannot enforce a law that would ban transgender minors from receiving gender-affirming care such as puberty blockers and hormone treatments. This is being hailed as a major victory for the families who had sued the state initially challenging the law.

This past Tuesday, US District Judge B. Lynn Winmill wrote a preliminary order that stated the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees equal protection and due process to give the parents the right to get gender-affirming care for their children. 

“Transgender children should receive equal treatment under the law. Parents should have the right to make the most fundamental decisions about how to care for their children.”

“We’re thankful the court saw the danger this law represented to our clients and we’re determined to fight this ban until Idaho is a safe place to raise every family,” Li Nowlin-Sohl of the American Civil Liberties Union, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said in a statement.

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Idaho initially passed a law banning puberty blockers, hormones or surgeries that would “affirm the child’s perception of the child’s sex if that perception is inconsistent with the child’s biological sex.”

Idaho is one of about 20 Republican-led states that have either banned or restricted gender-affirming treatments.

In May, two families with transgender daughters who were receiving hormone therapy sued the state, claiming the law would cut off medically necessary care for their children, and violated their rates, according to NBC News. 

Winmill wrote that the treatments the law is banning were “safe, effective, and medically necessary for some adolescents,” while he granted the motion to block the laws enforcement. 

There are many courts throughout the US that are divided on the legal challenges of gender-affirming bans. Many lower level courts throughout the nation, however, have blocked the bans so far, with multiple appeals being made in response.