A bill moving through North Carolina previously would have banned state facilities from providing gender affirming care to trans youth. Now, the senate has amended it to be a total ban on care.
I feel like they’re doing the thing that they know will get it tossed on purpose. They don’t want to be the dog that caught the car, but they do want to make sure their base sees them chasing the car. So, they pass legislation they know will get tossed under the 14th amendment, just like the rest. Then they can say, “we did the thing, but THEY ruined it!” They’ll blame it on socialism or something. The bostock decision really stitched all this up very neatly for us.
My sister (now gone) had a condition that required her to be on HRT as soon as puberty started. It was severe enough that she would have died without treatment (and a hysterectomy as an early tean).
So this hits me twice, as a trans woman and sibling of a cis woman who would have been impacted by this law.
Erin, further context as a trans health provider in NC - there is a second bill, also likely to pass, SB 631 that specifically bans gender affirming care coming from state institutions such as UNC. In addition, part of the context for the sudden resurgence of these bills, as well as the previous 12 week abortion ban, has to do with representative Cotham, who ran as a pro-choice democrat, switched parties extremely suddenly, pushing the state over into a veto-proof majority.
Myself and other providers are scrambling to try and find our patients care avenues in a state surrounded by inhospitable environments for trans care for minors, so please continue to write on what’s happening here.
Well, NC was reluctant until recently when Trish Cotham, elected as a Democrat by Charlotte (Mecklenburg County) voters running a “I’m very LGBT friendly and believe in reproductive rights” platform SWITCHED parties giving republicans a veto proof supermajority. So shady.
Idk how the judicial boundaries work for this, but supposing we get a judge that doesn’t care and upholds this law? What kind of chaos would that cause? Would this force the case to the scotus? We’ve seen that they don’t want to seem to rule on these right now.
One of these is going to get through. It’s just a matter of time imo. Consistency with the judicial branch is paramount. But I think it will fail at some point.
Texas has just introduced a bill in the second special session that is really bad too.
Truly unbelievable BS. I am beyond outraged, at this point. There are too many of these proposals becoming law, in too many states, in a "free country"? Damn it, friends, we have not yet begun to fight this crap. I swear on my life, we will prevail.
This is a frightening and sad development, and is a clear indication of the mayhem for trans people that can be created when there is a GOP veto-proof majority in a state. It can only be hoped that judicial challenges will be pursued, and that they will be successful, similar to the way other situations in other states have ended up