Florida mother fears her family will be devastated as trial begins over transgender care ban

Tallahassee, Florida. The mother of a transgender girl sobbed in federal court Wednesday as she considered having to leave her Navy officer husband to obtain medical treatment for her 12-year-old if Florida’s ban on gender dysphoria treatment for minors is allowed. medical insurance. Make an impact.

The woman, who testified only as Jane Doe to protect the child’s identity, said that about eight years ago, her daughter was allowed to live as a girl, and that her daughter went from anxious and anxious to a high-spirited, happy and healthy child. A top student, this was her decision. After several visits to her family doctor, she made the decision with her husband.

But as the girl approaches puberty, she worries she will start to look like a boy. The mother said without treatment she and her family would be devastated.

“I would go to the ends of the earth to get my daughter the help she needs,” the woman testified, sobbing, as she pulled a Kleenex from the box. I wonder, will our family break up? Do we have to live far away from my husband?

The testimony comes as a trial begins challenging Florida’s ban on transgender children receiving medical treatment, such as hormone therapy or puberty blockers, a law pushed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is running for The president campaigned on the issue. The law also provides care for transgender adults.

It all starts with the governor. said Thomas Redburn, an attorney representing transgender adults and families of transgender children.

He pointed to other laws pushed by DeSantis that show the governor and Republican lawmakers attacking transgender rights, including restricting schools from using pronouns that don’t match their birth gender.

But lawyer Mohammad Jazir, representing the state, said the law was to protect people. In one case, a person was prescribed hormones after a 30-minute telemedicine appointment, he said. Others have decided to revert to their birth gender and learned their treatments had caused permanent damage, he said.

Jazir said the case is not about over-regulation but about under-regulation.

Judge Robert Hinkle temporarily blocked enforcement of the law pending the outcome of the trial. The lawsuit also challenges restrictions on transgender care for adults, which were in effect during the trial.

At least 22 states have now enacted laws restricting or prohibiting gender-affirming medical care for transgender minors, and many of them face lawsuits. In a mixed court ruling, Arkansas’ first-in-the-nation law was blocked by a federal judge who said the care ban violated the due process rights of transgender youth and their families.

In addition to Florida, two states have banned enforcement, and seven other states currently allow enforcement or will soon take effect.

Redburn said in his opening statement that Florida’s law is unconstitutional because it targets an entire group of people. He noted that non-trans adults can receive the same treatments, such as estrogen and testosterone, without the hassle.

Redburn said Florida has decided that people should not be transgender. The fewer trans people the better.

The girl’s mother testified that her daughter became obsessed with girls’ toys and clothes starting at age three, before their family pediatrician diagnosed her with gender dysphoria. She described her daughter screaming and ripping clothes off her car seat as she was being driven to kindergarten. She and her husband commute four hours to the University of Florida so their daughter can receive expert care.

As for the risks such as infertility that Jazir pointed out in her opening statement, the woman said, “For my daughter, the benefits far outweigh the potential risks.” Her biggest fear is what she calls turning into a boy. I’ve assured her this won’t happen.

Jazir briefly questioned the girl’s mother, including noting that University of Florida health records did not list the height and weight of Jane Douce’s daughter.

Radburn said gender dysphoria is real and not a result of the choices people make due to the influence of social media and the Internet, as policymakers say. He noted that Republican lawmakers pushing the law have described transgender people as evil and cultish. He noted that the bill’s sponsors believe God makes no mistakes.

Separately, three educators filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging school laws restricting pronoun use, saying transgender and nonbinary teachers are prohibited from being themselves.

Ironically, despite the state forcing others to use pronouns in school that match their birth gender, Jazir always refers to Jane Doss’s daughters as “she” and “her.”

The trial over transgender health care is expected to last five days.

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