Missouri’s emergency rules restricting gender reassignment treatment for minors and some adults ended abruptly on Tuesday.
“This emergency rule ends May 16, 2023,” the Missouri Secretary of State’s website says.
A rule proposed by Attorney General Andrew Bailey requires minors and adults to undergo at least one year of treatment and meet other requirements before undergoing gender reassignment treatments such as puberty inhibitors, hormones, or surgery. are required to meet
Bailey said in a statement that his office “stands in the middle” until Congress takes action on the gender reassignment health care issue. The state legislature last week passed a bill banning minors from receiving this type of treatment. Republican Governor Mike Parson is expected to sign the bill into law.
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“The General Assembly has filled that gap with statutes,” Bailey said. “I am proud to have highlighted the experimental nature of these procedures and will continue to do everything in my power to make Missouri the safest state in the nation for children.”
Congress also approved a bill banning transgender student-athletes in public and private schools from competing on sports teams that do not match their biological sex.
Bailey had planned to impose the rule on April 27, but the Missouri American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit to block the rule. The lawsuit argued that Bailey bypassed Congress and had no power to regulate health care through Missouri’s consumer protection law.
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Judge Ellen Rivaldo later granted the temporary restraining order and scheduled a hearing for July 20.
The proposed rule would require people to experience a “strong pattern” of proven gender dysphoria for three years and have at least 15-hour sessions with a therapist for at least 18 months before seeking treatment. Those seeking this medical care would also have had to be tested for autism. Psychiatric symptoms due to mental health problems need to be treated and resolved.
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Bailey said he proposed the rule to protect minors from purported experimental medical practices.
According to ABC News, at least 14 states in the United States have fully or partially banned transgender care for transgender youth.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.