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Judge temporarily blocks Texas ban on gender-affirming care for most minors


A judge in Texas on Friday temporarily blocked a new law that prohibits gender-affirming care for most minors in the state.

District Judge Maria Cantú Hexsel wrote in the temporary injunction that the law would result in “the loss of access to safe, effective, and medically necessary treatment for transgender adolescents experiencing gender dysphoria.”

The legislation, the judge said, “likely violates” three different sections of the Texas Constitution, including “the fundamental right of parents to make decisions concerning the care, custody, and control of their children.”


The Texas attorney general’s office, however, said in a news release that it had filed an appeal to the state Supreme Court that would pause the ruling pending its decision. CNN has reached out to the office for comment.

Texas would be the largest state in the US to enforce such restrictions if the law were to take effect on September 1. Cantu Hexsel’s decision came the same day a judge in Missouri declined to block a similar law, allowing the state’s ban on gender-affirming care for minors to take effect Monday.

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott had signed Senate Bill 14 into law in June. The measure bars health care providers from providing gender transition surgeries, puberty blocking medication or hormone therapies to those under 18 in Texas, with violators at risk of losing their licenses.

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