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Tennessee transgender care case to be heard by US Supreme Court

US Supreme Court to Review Lawsuit Challenging Tennessee Ban on Transgender Care for Minors

The US Supreme Court has agreed to review a lawsuit challenging a Tennessee law that bans hormone therapy and puberty blockers for children under the age of 18. This marks the first time that the current nine Supreme Court justices will weigh in on this hot-button political issue.

The lawsuit was filed by three transgender teenagers, their parents, and a physician who provides transgender care. They argue that the Tennessee ban violates a US constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law by discriminating on the basis of sex. The Biden administration and several major US medical groups have also joined their side in this case.

US Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar, the Biden administration’s top Supreme Court advocate, has stated that laws like the one in Tennessee “inflict profound harm on transgender adolescents and their families” by denying them necessary medical treatment. On the other hand, lawyers for the state of Tennessee argue that the law reflects the will of the state’s elected lawmakers and addresses a pressing public concern.

The Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments in this case, United States v. Skrmetti, in the autumn and issue a decision sometime next year. This case has the potential to have far-reaching implications for transgender rights and access to healthcare in the US.

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