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Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri (ACLU-MO) and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP filed a petition seeking a temporary restraining order to block implementation of the emergency rule issued by Missouri’s Attorney General Andrew Bailey restricting access to gender-affirming care for transgender people, which is scheduled to take effect on April 27. 

The petition names Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey, who filed the emergency rule on Thursday, April 13, attempting to establish severe restrictions to access to gender-affirming care for trans people of all ages. Citing distorted, misleading, and debunked claims, Bailey labeled gender-affirming care, which is supported by overwhelming medical consensus, as “an experimental practice.” The rule would be in effect from April 27, 2023, to February 6, 2024.