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Florida Transgender Minor Care Ban Temporarily Blocked by Judge

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In a recent ruling, a federal judge in the United States has temporarily blocked certain provisions of a newly enacted Florida law that prohibits transgender minors from receiving puberty blockers, Your Content has learned.

The judge, Robert Hinkle, highlighted the realness of gender identity and reasoned that the state lacks a rational basis for denying essential medical treatment to these patients.

The preliminary injunction issued by Judge Hinkle allows three transgender children involved in the lawsuit to continue receiving the necessary care.

The law in question was signed by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis shortly before his announcement to run for president.

While transgender medical treatment for minors has faced opposition in various states, it has been available in the United States for over a decade and is endorsed by major medical associations.

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Judge Hinkle’s ruling specifically focuses on the three children involved in the lawsuit.

It addresses the use of puberty blockers, also known as GnRH agonists, and cross-sex hormones, rather than other restrictions that make it challenging for adults to access or continue gender-affirming care.

Hinkle emphasized that those who view gender identity as a choice tend to disapprove of transgender-related matters and consequently oppose medical care supporting transgender individuals. By banning treatment for minors, the risks faced by patients are disregarded. Research suggests that transgender youth and adults often experience stress, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

While the effectiveness of hormone treatment or surgery in resolving these issues is mixed, experts agree that allowing children to express their gender identity in a way that aligns with their true selves is beneficial.

The statute challenged in the lawsuit fails to acknowledge the advantages many patients gain from these treatments and the significant risks associated with denying them.

Hinkle further highlighted the inconsistency in allowing hormone treatments and puberty blockers for non-transgender children with other conditions while prohibiting them for transgender minors.

According to Judge Hinkle, the three children involved in the lawsuit would suffer irreparable harm if they were unable to access puberty blockers.

He emphasized that the treatment solely affects the patients themselves and causes no harm to the defendants.

As of now, the governor’s office has not responded to requests for comment on the ruling, according to ABC News.

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