Soe v. Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
Lambda Legal and the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School filed suit on Jan. 8, 2024, on behalf of five transgender Louisiana youth and their families against the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners to block implementation of Act 466 (HB 648), the “Health Care Ban,” which prohibits the provision of necessary gender-affirming medical care for minors who are transgender and punishes health care providers for providing such care in Louisiana. The law took effect on Jan. 1, after the state legislature overrode a veto by former Gov. John Bel Edwards in July 2023. The lawsuit claims the Health Care Ban is unconstitutional under the Louisiana state constitution and that it violates the rights of transgender adolescents and their parents to dignity and equal protection under the law.
- January 8, 2024-case filed