Travis County judge blocks Texas gender modification ban for minors

Update: The Office of the Attorney General filed an appeal to the Texas Supreme Court over the district judge's ruling, allowing the implementation of SB 14 to proceed on September 1.

Original story: Texas will not be able to enforce Senate Bill (SB) 14, which bans gender modification treatments and procedures on minors under 18, at least temporarily after Travis County district court judge issued their ruling blocking the law’s implementation on Friday.

SB 14 was one of the most contentious pieces of legislation to pass during the 88th Legislative Session.

The lawsuit Loe v. Texas, whose plaintiffs include the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and the Transgender Law Center, had hearings last week wherein both sides presented evidence from expert and fact witnesses about how gender modification treatments should be used and how they have impacted lives.

The judge's ruling states that the State of Texas and all “respective officers, agents, servants, employees, and attorneys, as well as any individuals or entities in active concert with them” will be “restrained from implementing or enforcing the Act.”

This includes the State of Texas, the Office of the Attorney General, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (THHSC), and Texas Medical Board.

The ruling also blocks the THHSC from withholding public funds from healthcare providers who “facilitate the provision of a procedure or treatment based on the Act.”

A new trial “on the merits” is set for May 6, 2024 in the 53rd Judicial District Court of Travis County. 

SB 14 was set to go into effect on September 1.

Dan Butcher

Dan Butcher (aka HP Pundit) is not a Democrat or Republican. He is a free thinking independent bringing you news and commentary with a dose of much needed common sense.

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