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    AAMC Joins Amicus Brief Opposing Florida Ban on Under 18 Gender-Affirming Care

    Frank Trinity, Chief Legal Officer
    For Media Inquiries

    The AAMC joined the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and others in two amicus briefs filed last week focused on ensuring that all adolescents, including those with gender dysphoria, receive the optimal medical and mental health care they need. 

    The AAMC joined an amicus brief filed April 24 supporting a federal court challenge in Doe v. Ladapo to rules issued by the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine that prohibit health care providers from initiating gender-affirming care to patients under 18. The amicus brief supports plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction addressing evidence-based, gender-affirming care (other than surgery). 

    Additionally, the association joined an amicus brief filed April 28 opposing a motion for summary judgment filed by the State of Florida in Dekker v. Weida, a federal lawsuit filed last year after Florida eliminated Medicaid coverage for treatments for gender dysphoria. The amicus brief focuses on medical and mental health treatment for transgender adolescents, other than surgery, that are medically necessary and evidence based.   

    Both briefs detail the extensive, multiyear processes to develop current treatment guidance and review research demonstrating significant health benefits associated with gender-affirming care. These briefs maintain the AAMC’s commitment to ensuring access to high-quality care that treats all people, including transgender individuals, equally and with respect.