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Indiana court blocks state law against trans treatments for minors

Minors will be able to continue receiving puberty blockers and hormone therapy while the legality of the law is being decided in court.

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Judge James Patrick Hanlon blocked the state law banning trans healthcare for minors from from taking effect in Indiana.

The judge’s injunction, issued last Friday, temporarily blocks Senate Bill 480, which Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law in early April.

Most of the prohibitions included in the bill will be blocked while the lawsuits against the law progress. This includes the use of puberty blockers and hormone therapy for minors. However, the ban on transitional surgeries for minors will remain in effect.

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"Today’s victory is a testament to the trans youth of Indiana, their families, and their allies," said Ken Falk, director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). "We won’t rest until this unconstitutional law is struck down for good."

Meanwhile, state Attorney General Todd Rokita's office issued a statement calling the judge’s decision disappointing, according to the Indiana Capital Chronical. It claimed that the court had recognized there was little credible information on the safety and effectiveness of puberty blockers. The office also promised to "continue to fight for the children.”

Patrick Hanlon's ruling prevents the bill’s text from being applied only until a trial is held to decide on the merits of the case.