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Court upholds injunction blocking Ark. ban on healthcare for trans youth
2022-08-25

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On Aug. 25, a federal appeals court has said that Arkansas cannot enact Act 626, its law banning gender-affirming healthcare for transgender youth because the law relies on sex discrimination, LGBTQ Nation reported.

The three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court ruling blocking the state from enforcing the law.

According to a press release from the ACLU and ACLU of Arkansas, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of four transgender youths, their parents and two Arkansas doctors.

"This is a critical victory for transgender adolescents in Arkansas, their families, and their medical providers," said Chase Strangio, deputy director for transgender justice at the ACLU's LGBTQ & HIV Project. "The Eighth Circuit was abundantly clear that the state's ban on care does not advance any important governmental interest and the state's defense of the law is lacking in legal or evidentiary support. The state has no business categorically singling out this care for prohibition. We know adolescents thrive with this care, support, and love, and we're determined to keep fighting until this baseless law is permanently struck down."

A lower-court judge had previously blocked enforcement of Arkansas' Act 626 in July 2021, one week before the law was set to go into effect. The state appealed the preliminary injunction to the 8th Circuit and today the court upheld the injunction while the case proceeds to trial. The trial will be held in the U.S. District Court in Little Rock beginning on October 17, 2022.


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