Gender-Affirming Care: Idaho Supreme Court Halts Minors Accessing Treatment

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing Idaho to enforce a ban on gender-affirming medical care for minors and deepened divisions among lower courts debating the issue.

A New Ruling

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This week, the United States Supreme Court has made a ruling that will allow Idaho to enforce a controversial ban on gender-affirming medical care for minors struggling with gender dysphoria.

Lower Court Divided

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The Supreme Court’s ruling has divided lower courts as many Judges and concerned citizens debate the legality and morality of the high court’s decision.

The Law’s Exclusion

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In effect, the Court’s decision will allow the Idaho law to be enforced throughout the state. However, the plaintiff who initially challenged the law will be excluded from its enforcement and still be allowed to receive medical care.

An Emergency Request

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It should also be mentioned that the reason the Supreme Court was able to see the case so quickly was due to the Idaho Attorney General’s request for the Court to make an urgent decision that would allow the state law banning gender-affirming medical care for minors to be enforced.

The Broader Legal Question

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However, the broader legal question debated by the Justices wasn’t really about the ban on gender-affirming care but about the use of universal or nationwide injunctions. 

Stopping Laws Nationwide

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Universal or nationwide injunctions are orders issued by a single judge that can stop a laws enforcement across the entire country, and not just for the parties involved in the lawsuit.

Conservative Worries

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Many Judges on the conservative majority Supreme Court worried that the injunctions created by the original case were too broad and would prevent states from enforcing laws before fully considering the legality of such laws.

Liberal Irony

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Ironically, the liberal judges in the Supreme Court, led by Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, had the same concerns about the case. They felt that the Supreme Court’s use of the emergency application route to make a quick decision on the case did not give adequate time to consider the broader implications of their decision.

Compelled to Rise and Respond

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Justice Jackson said, “This Court is not compelled to rise and respond every time an applicant rushes to us with an alleged emergency, and it is especially important for us to refrain from doing so in novel, highly charged, and unsettled circumstances.”

The Broader Movement

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This legislative move is part of a broader conservative-led movement to create legislation that restricts the rights of transgender people throughout the country in states like Wyoming, Indiana, and Utah.

Banning Athletes

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In a similar trend, just this part month the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) implemented a policy banning transgender women from participating in college sports. 

Fairness in Competition

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When discussing the new policy, NAIA president Jim Creating Fairness Carr said, “We know there are a lot of different opinions out there. For us, we believed our first responsibility was to create fairness and competition in the NAIA.”

Candidates Take

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Former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden have both spoken out about the issue and given sharply contrasting statements about their stances on the issue.

Trump’s Act as President

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Donald Trump, the current GOP nominee, says that if he is elected President, he will create a federal ban on gender-affirming care for minors and cut funding for any schools pushing “transgender insanity.”

Biden Increasing Rights

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On the flip side, President Biden has been quick to highlight the work he has put in during his term to bolster the rights of “transgender and all LGBTQI+ Americans.”

Losing Access

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Many families will be deeply affected by the court decision with many facing a difficult choice between having to relocate their family or lose access to necessary medical treatments for their children

Medical Organization’s Stances

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Major medical organizations such as the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics have also spoken out about the issues and advocated for increased accessibility of gender-affirming care for transgender youth. 

Sending Doctors to Prison

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Medical providers are now also at risk due to the new court decision, as they can now face up to 10 years in prison under the new law if they provide any of the banned treatments.

Providing Resources

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Other organizations like the ACLU are also actively working on the situation and supporting the families affected by the decision by providing resources and information.

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