Sunday, January 29, 2023

Damn The Laws Full Speed Ahead

The Republicans like to only follow the rules they like and ignore the other ones.

There are procedures that have to be followed when you change policies or regulations… but hey the Republicans just don’t following them.

Judge curbs Fla. probe into U.S. medicine’s trans treatment standards
American Academy of Pediatrics, Endocrine Society and others accuse the state of targeting them after they backed lawsuit by patients and families fighting Florida’s Medicaid funding ban
The Washington Post
By Spencer S. Hsu
January 26, 2023

A legal battle over Florida’s ban on Medicaid spending for gender-affirming medical care spilled into Washington on Thursday as a federal judge partially granted an urgent request by 18 American medical and mental health groups to quash subpoenas sent to them by the state after they opposed the prohibition.

The professional associations accused Florida of targeting members such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychiatric Association and the Endocrine Society after they expressed the widely accepted medical view that care such as puberty blockers, hormones and gender transition surgery can be appropriate treatment for transgender youth and adults.

The groups spoke out last fall in support of a lawsuit filed by four transgender patients and their parents to overturn the ban in federal court in Tallahassee. But the organizations said state officials responded with a “highly inappropriate and invasive” fishing expedition for internal documents and communications about their policy positions. They accused the state of hunting for “supposed internal dissent” and bias in the service of an attack on the guidelines and credibility of the groups “from the inside-out.”

In other words attack the complainer and not defend the process that they used to change policies.

“Openness and transparency are hallmarks of the scientific method,” lead Florida attorney Mohammad O. Jazil wrote to the court. “Casting themselves in the underlying case as the standard bearers of the prevailing scientific view regarding gender dysphoria treatment,” the associations now seek to shield how they reached that view from any scrutiny and whether it “is the result of careful study and debate among their memberships or the result of a handful of people dictating a result.”

The kind-of agreed.

On Thursday, Nichols said the suing patients and their families leaned heavily on the public and wide acceptance of the standards of care set and endorsed “by every major medical organization in the United States” as evidence that such treatments are not experimental.

“I think that the question of how exactly the guidelines or policy statements were adopted and whether [they] therefore truly reflect the medical consensus is relevant here,” Nichols said.

So now the state is on a fishing expedition in finding documents on how the AMA, APA, WPATH, Endocrine Society, and AAP created their guidelines.

Then there is the banning of anything related to race or to the LGBTQ+ community.

DeSantis' Ignorant Law Has Florida Cataloging Books
Those who breach HB 1467 could be charged with a third-degree felony.
The Root
By Candace McDuffie
January 26, 2023

The effects of HB 1467 are being felt in Florida as counties are starting to comply with Governor Ron DeSantis’ law. It mandates that all books in classroom libraries must be approved by his administration.

Pat Barber, the president of the Manatee Education Association (the county’s teachers’ union), stated that the books can only be pre-approved materials or vetted by a media specialist who is trained by Florida’s Department of Education.


DeSantis, who could possibly become the Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential election, is hellbent on upholding oppressive practices that oppress people of color. Ben Crump has decided to sue DeSantis over his latest stunt and we hope he takes him for everything he’s got.

Isn’t that scary?

If he becomes president and we see his persecution of us become national! It will be the Senator McCarthy and House Un-American Activities Committee’s Lavender Scare on steroids! 

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