Red States Urge SCOTUS To Uphold Idaho’s Transgender Surgery Ban

( – In April 2023, Idaho Governor Brad Little (R) signed a bill making it illegal to provide gender-affirming care to minors. While Little admitted the move directly interfered with “parents and their decisions about what is best for their children,” he felt it was necessary to “protect children” from moves that “can cause permanent damage.” In December 2023, a federal judge blocked the law from going into effect. Now, it sits at the Supreme Court level.

On February 22, The Daily Wire reported that attorneys general from 19 Republican-led states filed an amicus brief to SCOTUS. Initiated by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, the petition stated that a “devastating medical scandal is at hand” if the medical community is allowed to move forward with treatments for gender dysphoria, they feel children would be “permanently harmed.” The states want to require children to wait until they are the “age of majority” before receiving care. The brief says states have the “authority” and “responsibility” to keep children safe.

The legal briefing said a doctor from Vanderbilt University’s gender clinic boasted about how transitioning services were “huge money makers.” The state officials claimed another surgeon said she built her “top surgery” business by bringing in children using social media. The document also parsed out Dr. Sidhbh Gallagher from Miami, who reportedly posts frequent photos on social media and is tagged in bandage removal reveals post-surgery. According to the AGs, Gallagher operates on “minors as young as 13.”

Out of all the current Red states in America, only eight didn’t sign the brief alongside Marshall — Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming, and North Dakota. Still, most of those states have either introduced or enacted bans or restrictions on gender-affirming care for minors. Wyoming has tried to ban the practice multiple times but failed.

According to The Daily Wire, the Supreme Court will likely discuss the amicus brief. SCOTUS also asked the ACLU to present a briefing on the matter.

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