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


    Frank Trinity, Chief Legal Officer
    For Media Inquiries

    The AAMC joined the American Academy of Pediatrics and 21 other organizations in an amicus brief filed Aug. 11 focused on ensuring that all adolescents, including those with gender dysphoria, receive the optimal medical and mental health care they need.

    The amicus brief supports a federal court challenge in Loe v. Texas to Senate Bill 14, which effectively bans health care providers from providing patients under 18 with gender-affirming care. The brief supports the plaintiffs’ application for temporary and permanent injunctive relief and addresses evidence-based gender-affirming care (other than surgery, which is typically available to transgender adults).

    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 Senate Bill 14, if not enjoined, will result in irreparable harm to adolescents with gender dysphoria by denying crucial care to those who need it.