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LGBTQ Lawyers On Missouri Trans Ruling

By Charlotte Robinson, April 15, 2023

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey has ruled to ban health care for transgender people expected to go into effect on April 27th. Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders & the Human Rights Campaign stated, “As national legal groups who represent LGBTQ+ people & their families in every state across this country, we condemn the lawless action of Missouri’s Attorney General in purporting to bar essential medical care for both transgender adolescents & adults. This action by Missouri’s Attorney General crosses a red line that should strike fear in the heart of every person who values individual liberty & believes that individuals, not government officials, should make health care decisions for their children & themselves. This is a dangerous & unprecedented escalation in the assault on evidence-based health care for transgender people. Cutting off treatment for those who need it will create predictable, unnecessary & serious harm. It is also a blatant attempt to strip transgender people of equal protection under the law & to subject them to intrusive government surveillance & control. We wish to make unequivocally clear that we will challenge this & any similar attempt to interfere with the fundamental freedom of transgender people to obtain medically necessary care and to be treated as equal, respected & participating members of our democracy. Lambda Legal & the ACLU of Missouri are prepared to fight back in court & have announced their intention to take legal action against this order...” 

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