Supreme Court May Face Child Sex-Change Ban Decision

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The Sixth Circuit’s decision to uphold Tennessee’s ban on sex change procedures for minors may trigger a Supreme Court review if other circuits reach different conclusions. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed lawsuits against child sex change bans in various states. If another circuit court allows “experimental medical care” for minors, it could prompt an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court. Advocates argue “gender-affirming care” is essential, but critics question its morality and safety. Specific cases in Arkansas and Florida have garnered attention. Sarah Parshall Perry, senior legal fellow at Heritage’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies explained, “These are emergency motions where these judges are having to determine whether a state’s interest in protecting the welfare of children outweighs a parents’ interest in getting experimental medical treatment.”  Perry said “there’s no question” the issue will end up before the Supreme Court.