In a show of unity with other states, Alaska’s Attorney General Treg Taylor has joined forces with 16 other attorneys general in filing a multistate brief to support Missouri’s defense of its ban on experimental and life-altering sex-modification procedures for children.
The brief, co-led by Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee, directly challenges the pro-transgender assertions put forth by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and other medical interest groups, and asserts the states’ responsibility to safeguard the well-being of their youth.
The recent move comes in response to the controversial push by some medical organizations to promote pediatric sex changes as “medically necessary gender-affirming care.”
“In reality, the latest WPATH standards are gender ideology talking points masquerading as medical standards. These so-called standards advocate prescribing some children puberty blockers and having them undergo life-altering surgeries because it is considered ‘medically necessary gender affirming care,’” said Alabama Attorney General Marshall. “Our youth deserve better, and I will never stop fighting to protect our children from these radical and often irreversible medical interventions.”
The multistate brief draws attention to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s decision, which upheld a similar law in Tennessee, allowing it to take effect.
The document underscores the belief that states hold the authority and responsibility to ensure the health and safety of children. Drawing a parallel with European healthcare authorities’ more stringent approach to sex-modification procedures for minors based on systematic evidence reviews, the brief criticizes American medical organizations for their advocacy of unrestricted access to such procedures.
In addition to Alaska, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Alabama, several other states joined, including Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia.