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  • Joseph Porter

Texas Judge Attempts To Block A Ban On ‘Gender-Affirming Care’

On Friday afternoon, Travis County Judge Maria Cantú Hexsel issued an injunction that blocked the ban on “Gender-Affirming” care from going into effect. SB-14 was expected to go into effect on September 1st. Democratic Judge Maria Cantú, who is up for reelection in 2024, stated that the law “Interferes with Texas families private decisions” in the injunction on Friday. 

SB-14 was one of the many inflection points for the Texas Legislature in the chaos of the last legislative session. Democrats worked to block the passage of the bill in order to allow for the continued mutilation of children’s genitals in the name of “gender-affirmation”. During the final passage of the bill Democrat State Rep. Shawn Thierry voted against her party’s stance and helped pass the bill in the House. 

The Texas Attorney General’s Office quickly filed an Accelerated Interlocutory Appeal directly to the Supreme Court of Texas. The AG pushing the bill into the appeals process allows it to go into effect on September 1st, pending a decision from the Texas Supreme Court. In a Press release the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) stated this: 

“This year, the Texas Legislature passed SB 14, a law that prohibits hospitals from administering experimental hormones or conducting mutilative “gender transition” surgical procedures on minors. These unproven medical interventions are emphatically pushed by some activists in the medical and psychiatric professions despite the lack of evidence demonstrating medical benefit, and even while growing evidence indicates harmful effects on children’s mental and physical welfare.     

The OAG will continue to enforce the laws duly enacted by the Texas Legislature and uphold the values of the people of Texas by doing everything in its power to protect children from damaging “gender transition” interventions.”


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