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SCOTUS will pick up challenge to law that bans gender affirming care for minors

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
Jean Clare Sarmiento/KJZZ
The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

The United States Supreme Court has decided to take up the question of whether states can ban gender affirming care for minors.

That question is being brought up on a Tennessee law, but that could have impacts in Arizona.

A state law passed in 2022 bans irreversible gender reassignment surgery for those under 18.

Similar language is used in the Tennessee law that is being challenged by the Biden administration, which says it violates constitutional equal protection rights.

The Tennessee law does ban hormone and other non-surgical treatments, but Arizona’s law never blocked access to those treatments.

Most GOP led states in the U-S have adopted similar laws. Major medical groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics have opposed such bans.