A Missouri judge ruled Friday that a ban on gender-affirming health care for minors can take effect on Monday, as scheduled.Here is the ACLU lawsuit. The complaint is a pretty good summary of the pro-trans science/medical position. Glad to see someone saw thru it. It is misleading and nonsensical from beginning to end.
The ruling by St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer means that beginning next week, health care providers are prohibited from providing gender-affirming surgeries to children. Minors who began puberty blockers or hormones before Monday will be allowed to continue on those medications, but other minors won't have access to those drugs.
79. Hormone therapy can have significant masculinizing or feminizing effects and can assist in bringing transgender people’s secondary sex characteristics into alignment with their gender identity. Therefore, hormone therapy is medically necessary care for transgender people who require it to treat their gender dysphoria.This footnote is silly:
80. Gender-affirming hormone therapy does not necessarily result in a loss of fertility, and many individuals treated with hormone therapy can and do still biologically conceive children. The first sentence is just a lie, and is contradicted by the 3rd sentence. No one's sex characteristics are changed if he/she is still fertile under the original sex. Sandwiched in between is "Therefore, hormone therapy is medically necessary", and absurd non-sequitur.
For these reasons, the Endocrine Society, an international medical organization representing over 18,000 endocrinology researchers and clinicians, warns practitioners that the terms “biological sex” and “biological male or female” are imprecise and should be avoided.Those terms are probably the most precise terms in the brief. Terms like "gender identity" are hopelessly ill-defined, and there is no consensus on what it is. Some say there is a biological element underlying gender identity, and that it is innate and immutable. Others say that it is a psychological phenomenon, or even a social construct. Others say there is no such thing, that it cannot be measured, and the phrase is just used to describe some role-playing.