A federal judge has blocked much of Indiana’s ban on gender-affirming care for minors

A federal judge has halted much of Indiana’s ban on gender-affirming care for minors, which was set to take effect on July 1st.

The decision: U.S. District Court Judge James Patrick Hanlon issued an order on Friday, stopping Indiana’s prohibition of puberty blockers and hormones for transgender minors.
* The order allows the law’s ban on gender-affirming surgeries to take effect.
* Hanlon’s order also blocks provisions that would prohibit Indiana doctors from communicating with out-of-state doctors about gender-affirming care for patients under 18.

Legal challenge: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana sought the temporary injunction as part of their challenge against the Republican-backed law.
* The ACLU, representing four youths undergoing transgender treatments and an Indiana doctor, argued that the ban violated the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection guarantees and infringed on parental rights to decide medical treatment for their children.

State response: Indiana state Attorney General Todd Rokita’s office expressed disappointment but acknowledged that the ruling “recognizes that the State has shown there are good reasons for regulating gender transition procedures for minors.”

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