Florida has joined the ranks of those jurisdictions that have restricted access to transition-related medical treatment for children, following in the footsteps of seven other states that have already taken this step.
Following the lead of seven other states, Florida has joined the ranks of those jurisdictions that have restricted access to transition-related medical care for kids.
In response, parents of transgender children living in Florida have swiftly announced their intention to challenge the law in court.
After months of contentious hearings and heated debate, the Florida Board of Medicine finally passed a law that prohibits minors from initiating puberty blockers or hormone therapy in April.
Although the law prevents all minors from undergoing gender-affirming procedures, it does not apply to minors who were already undergoing the treatment before the date when the rule went into effect; therefore, they can continue to do so.
A group of parents will be challenging the rule in court, and they will be assisted in their efforts by four national advocacy organizations: the Southern Legal Counsel, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the Human Rights Campaign.
One of the individuals fighting against the new measure said:
This board is not against research; it is not against care for transgender children. What the board has sought to do is to protect our children from therapies that have been shown to create irreversible harm".
This recently established rule allows anybody to file a complaint against a healthcare practitioner. If the practitioner violates the law, they may be reprimanded, fined, or have their license suspended or revoked.
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