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


    Frank Trinity, Chief Legal Officer
    For Media Inquiries

    The AAMC joined the American Academy of Pediatrics and more than 20 other health organizations in an amicus brief filed Oct. 31 focused on ensuring that all adolescents, including those with gender dysphoria, receive the optimal medical and mental health care they need. 

    Filed in North Dakota state court, the brief urged the court to grant the plaintiff’s motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in T.D. v. Wrigley.   The case involves a newly enacted state law that prohibits health care providers from providing patients under 18 with medically necessary treatment for gender dysphoria.   

    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 and saves lives. The brief focuses primarily on adolescents and therefore does not discuss surgeries that are typically available to transgender adults.