Federal Judge Quashes Fla. Ban on Gender Treatment

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled on Tuesday that Florida’s ban on gender alerting treatments for minors is unconstitutional.

One of the signature policies of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, bill SB 254, prohibited surgeries and prescription treatments for children diagnosed with gender dysphoria. The law also banned universities, local governments, the health insurance plans for state workers and providers contracted with the state’s Medicaid Managed Care program from using public money to pay for sex-reassignment treatments.

“Florida has adopted a statute and rules that ban gender-affirming care for minors even when medically appropriate,” Hinkle wrote in his 105-page order. “The ban is unconstitutional.”

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