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Florida Trans Healthcare Ban Disputed

By Charlotte Robinson, May 18, 2023

Three Florida parents have asked a federal court to issue a temporary restraining order immediately blocking enforcement of SB 254 which Governor DeSantis signed into law. The families are represented by Southern Legal Counsel, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, the National Center for Lesbian Rights & the Human Rights Campaign who stated, “This is a state of emergency for Florida parents, who are already being forced to watch their kids suffer rather than get them the safe & effective healthcare they need & that will allow them to thrive. Today, Governor DeSantis doubled down on the nightmare created by the Florida Boards of Medicine rules by signing SB 254 into law. This law ignores science, unconstitutionally inserts the state into family privacy & parental decision-making, deliberately provokes family conflict by inviting challenges to established custody orders & tramples on the rights & wellbeing of transgender adolescents. We are asking the court to take swift action to block the ban on access to essential healthcare in SB 254, as well as the Boards of Medicine bans, to stop further harm to transgender youth & their families while the plaintiffs’ case continues.” Advocates for the families will be in court this Friday to argue their motions to temporarily block the Boards of Medicine rules & the healthcare ban provisions in SB 254 so that they can get their children urgently needed medical care as the case continues. NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the human & civil rights of the LGBTQ community through litigation, public policy advocacy & public education. 

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