A federal appeals court has ruled that Kentucky and Tennessee are allowed to implement laws that protect children from certain transgender treatments, treatments that include surgical body mutilations.
Also impacted are schemes by medical professionals to use chemicals to alter their physical development.
The ruling from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was described in published reports as a “major setback” for the American Civil Liberties Union, which has advocated for those surgical procedures and has opposed any restrictions on them.
John Bursch, of the ADF, which has advocated for protections for children, explained, “Tennessee and Kentucky are right to protect minors from harmful, irreversible, and experimental medical procedures that can permanently alter children’s bodies without any proven long-term benefit.
“Children suffering discomfort with their sex are best served by compassionate mental health care. Even the far-from-impartial World Professional Association for Transgender Health has admitted that the overwhelming majority of children will naturally resolve their gender dysphoria as they mature.
“That’s why the countries that have been the leaders in so-called ‘gender affirming care’—such as Sweden, England, Denmark, and Finland—are reversing course and now curtailing the use of dangerous ‘gender transition’ procedures and protecting children from the bad science that has devastated countless lives.”
In fact, pushing transgenderism at all levels around the world has been one of two major agendas for the administration of Joe Biden, the other being abortion.
Bursch continued, “As the court recognized, ‘Administering puberty blockers to prevent pubertal development can cause diminished bone density, infertility, and sexual dysfunction. Introducing high doses of testosterone to female minors increases the risk of erythocytosis, myocardial infarction, liver dysfunction, coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, hypertension, and breast and uterine cancer. And giving young males high amounts of estrogen can cause sexual dysfunction and increases the risk of macroprolactinoma, coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, cholelithiasis, and hypertriglyceridemia.’ Indeed, the court concluded, ‘no one disputes that these treatments carry risks or that the evidence supporting their use is far from conclusive.'”
He said, “Activist groups and professionals with large financial interests continue to push harmful puberty-blockers, potentially sterilizing cross-sex hormones, and irreversible genital-mutilation surgeries on children too young to understand the long-term implications for their lives. The 6th Circuit rightly agreed that Tennessee and Kentucky are free to implement laws that protect vulnerable children and give them time to flourish.”
The ADF had filed a brief with the court urging it to allow the states’ laws.
A report at Just the News noted the court explained, “The concept of gender dysphoria as a medical condition is relatively new and the use of drug treatments that change or modify a child’s sex characteristics is even more recent. Prohibiting citizens and legislatures from offering their perspectives on high-stakes medical policies, in which compassion for the child points in both directions, is not something life-tenured federal judges should do without a clear warrant in the Constitution.”
State officials were satisfied with the decision.
Tennessee AG Jonathan Skrmetti wrote, on social media, “Tennessee’s law that protects children from irreversible gender-related medical interventions remains in effect.”
The ACLU insisted it will continue fighting for the agenda that includes chemical and surgical alterations on children who are experiencing confusion over their sexuality. The agenda describes those treatments as “health care” even though the very treatments themselves create a lifelong dependency on medical procedures for individuals undergoing them.
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