Louisiana Republican lawmakers override Governor Edwards' veto and ban trans treatment of minors

The law will go into effect in 2024, however, it remains vulnerable to a continued court battle as has happened in many of the other 20 states against underage trans surgeries and hormone treatments.

Louisiana lawmakers succeeded in passing their bill to ban transgender medical treatments for minors. GOP members of the state House and Senate voted against the veto of Democratic Governor Edwards, who attempted to stop HB 648.

Louisiana thus joins 20 other states that legislated against trans treatment for minors. Procedures prohibited by law include surgeries of various types, hormone treatments and puberty blockers. It also provides for the prohibition of other "gender affirming" treatments for minors under 18 years of age. The law will come into effect as of the first day of 2024.

Republicans control the Louisiana state legislature with 39 senators and 71 representatives in their respective chambers. To revoke a veto, the support of two thirds of both is necessary.

In the vote, some Democratic legislators also voted against Governor Edwards. They used their power to reverse the governor's veto for the second time in Louisiana since 1974. This is also the second time this has happened to Governor Edwards.

For Democrat Edwards, Louisiana lawmakers have put "politics before people without considering the practical implications of the bill." "I firmly believe that the legislature has overstepped its authority and is interfering in critical health care decisions that only parents should make in consultation with their children and their children's doctors and psychologists," he added in a statement.

This law opens the way for a court battle to commence against this law, as has occurred in other states in the country. In Arkansas, a federal judge struck down the law as unconstitutional. In Alabama and Indiana it is blocked. Similar situations also occurred in Tennessee, Oklahoma and Florida.