On Thursday, a federal appeals court struck down Arkansas’ ban on providing transgender children with gender confirmation surgery.
With no dissenting opinions, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s order blocking the state from enforcing the 2021 law immediately.
The judge who first put a temporary hold on the law will make a decision in October over whether or not to keep it blocked permanently.
First state to restrict gender-confirming hormone treatment, puberty-blocking medications, or surgical operations on children or propose other states do so.
There is not a single surgeon in the state who has the necessary training to perform gender-affirming surgery on minors.
The ACLU sued on behalf of four transgender adolescents, their families, and two gender-confirming surgeons.
Arkansas argues that the ban is legal because it’s within the state’s right to limit how its inhabitants acquire medical care.