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Lambda Legal, the ACLU, the ACLU of Texas, and the Transgender Law Center, along with the law firms Scott, Douglass & McConnico LLP and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, are suing the State of Texas to block SB14, the state’s recently enacted discriminatory ban on medical care for transgender youth. The case has been filed on behalf of five families from across the state with transgender children and adolescents; Doctors Richard Ogden Roberts III, David L. Paul, and Patrick O’Malley, who treat transgender youth with gender dysphoria; and two organizations representing hundreds of Texas families and healthcare providers, PFLAG and GLMA.     

SB14 prohibits medical professionals from providing necessary and life-saving medical treatments for gender dysphoria to Texas’s transgender adolescents, strips adolescents of the medically necessary care they have already been receiving, threatens the licenses of physicians providing the established standard of care to their transgender patients, and bars the payment of state dollars, including state-funded health insurance plans and Medicaid, to any health care entity providing or facilitating that care.