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    AAMC Joins Amicus Brief Opposing Kentucky 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 an amicus brief filed May 22 focused on ensuring that all adolescents, including those with gender dysphoria, receive the optimal medical and mental health care they need. 

    The brief supports a federal court challenge in Doe v. Thornbury to Kentucky S.B. 150, which effectively bans health care providers from providing patients under 18 with gender-affirming care. The amicus brief supports the plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction and addresses evidence-based, gender-affirming care (other than surgery). 

    The brief provides background on gender identity and gender dysphoria. It details the professionally accepted medical guidelines for treating adolescents with gender dysphoria, the scientifically rigorous process by which the guidelines were developed, and the evidence that gender-affirming care is effective. The brief warns the court that S.B. 150, if not enjoined, will result in irreparable harm to adolescents with gender dysphoria by denying crucial care to those who need it.