Texas Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Ban on Gender-Affirming Care for Minors
The Texas Supreme Court considers arguments on the state’s ban on gender-affirming care for minors, with families and groups claiming it violates constitutional rights.
The Texas Supreme Court deliberated on Tuesday regarding Senate Bill 14, which imposes a ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors. Families and advocacy groups opposing the law argue that it infringes on the constitutional rights of families and transgender children.
In effect since September, Senate Bill 14 prohibits transgender minors from accessing certain medical treatments, including hormone therapy and puberty blockers. The plaintiffs contend that the law denies equal rights to transgender youth.
Despite a temporary block by a Travis County judge, the Texas Supreme Court allowed the law to take effect. Now, the justices must decide whether the ban should continue.
Kennon Wooten, attorney for the appellees, emphasizes the importance of parental choice in deciding medical care for transgender children. The state, however, questions the credibility of studies supporting gender-affirming care, arguing potential harm to children.
The hearing, lasting about an hour, saw justices posing questions and discussing perspectives. Justice Jimmy Blacklock expressed the challenge of distinguishing between moral and philosophical questions versus scientific aspects related to gender identity.
The Texas Supreme Court is expected to issue an opinion on Senate Bill 14 by June 30, marking a significant decision on the contentious matter of gender-affirming care for minors in the state.