Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Bad, Bad News

The Supreme Court just let stay a law banning our healthcare! How many deaths will result from the decision.
Supreme Court allows enforcement of Idaho ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors
The Idaho measure, which seeks to block treatments such as puberty blockers and hormone therapy, is one of more than 20 enacted by conservative states targeting care for transgender youths.
NBC News
By Lawrence Hurley
April 15, 2024

A divided Supreme Court on Monday allowed Idaho to mostly enforce a law that bans gender-affirming health care for transgender teenagers.

Granting an emergency request filed by Idaho officials, the court said the law enacted, which was last year, could go into effect statewide but cannot be applied against the two plaintiffs who challenged it.

The court's three liberal justices objected to the decision, saying the law should have remained blocked in full.
This is really sad. So only two trans youth can get the proper healthcare and all the other trans youth are out of luck!
U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Winmill ruled in December that the state could not enforce the law while litigation continues. The state has appealed to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has yet to rule.

The law, like measures enacted by other states, prevents the use of what Winmill called “generally accepted medical treatment” for transgender minors, including puberty blockers, hormone therapy and surgical procedures.

Officials subsequently turned to the Supreme Court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority, saying that the injunction was too broad and that the law should be blocked only for the two plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
Is this an indicator of bad rulings to come? I hope not, but…
More than 20 states have enacted similar bans, according to the Movement Advancement Project, an LGBTQ rights think tank.

The Supreme Court is likely to weigh in on the broader legal question in the future as challenges to the laws make their way through the court system.

In the coming weeks, appeals concerning similar laws in Tennessee and Kentucky will be up for consideration by the justices.
The Advocate wrote,
The state can enforce it against all state residents except those who sued to challenge it, the high court ruled Monday. 
By Trudy Ring
April 15 2024
Idaho can enforce its law making it a felony to provide gender-affirming care to transgender minors while a lawsuit against it proceeds, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.
What makes this ruling scary for us is... 
Lifting the injunction had the support of most of the court’s conservative wing. “Although orders on the emergency docket often include no reasoning, the decision included concurrences by Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who was joined by Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Clarence Thomas, and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, who was joined by Justice Amy Coney Barrett,” The New York Times reports.
I am worried for future cases in that we are up against a untied right-wing wall, that the judges will rule not on law but rather conservative ideology.

Our arch enemy is behind this, in an other Advocate article they write…
Attorneys from the anti-LGBTQ+ group Alliance Defending Freedom are assisting Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador in defending the ban. The group is also aiding in the state’s defense of its near-total ban on abortion.

Gov. Brad Little signed House Bill 71 into law in April, making gender-affirming care for transition purposes a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. It covers not only surgery but puberty blockers and hormone therapy.
Our human rights should not be at the mercy of judges and legislators… it should be in the hands of the medical providers.

1 comment:

  1. It surprises me that Idaho did not include a ban on minor trans-youth from wearing clothing or style their hair to match their gender identity. All Idahoans are welcome to come over the border to Washington State.