Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Ban on Gender-Transition Surgery for Minors

A participant lies on a giant Transgender Pride Flag during the Equality March, organized by the LGBT community in Kiev, Ukraine June 23, 2019. (Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

A federal judge temporarily blocked an Arkansas law that would ban gender-transition surgery for minors, in a ruling on Wednesday.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued to scrap the law in May on behalf of four transgender youths and two doctors who provide gender-transition surgeries. The law, initially set to take effect on July 28, would revoke the medical licenses of doctors who administer gender-transition surgery or puberty blockers to minors.

U.S. District Judge Jay Moody of Little Rock granted a temporary injunction while the suit makes its way through the courts.

“To pull this care midstream from these patients, or minors, would cause irreparable harm,” Moody said, in comments reported by the Associated Press.

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