Although 20 states across the country have implemented laws banning or otherwise restricting so-called “sex change” surgeries for minors, numerous lawsuits have been filed by far-left groups demanding that such bans be lifted.
As reported by Just The News, the 20 states that have passed laws cracking down on these procedures are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.
Meanwhile, the state of Louisiana may soon become the 21st state, after both chambers of the state legislature passed a similar bill. Governor John Bel Edwards (D-La.) has voiced his opposition to the bill but has not specifically said that he would veto it if it reaches his desk. Additional states that are considering similar legislation include Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
The laws have been passed amid a rising grassroots movement to oppose transgenderism, the false and scientifically-debunked notion that there are more than two genders, and that anyone can change their gender at any time.
But nevertheless, radical pro-LGBTQ activists have continued to demand that such procedures be legalized for children as young as toddlers. As a result, an overwhelming 65 percent of respondents in a recent McLaughlin and Associates poll said that this movement has “gone too far by encouraging underage minors to use drugs and surgery to transition to the opposite sex.” Only 21 percent of respondents disagreed with this assertion and voiced support for transgenderism.
Despite the widespread popularity of anti-trans laws, the Biden Administration has vowed to oppose these measures. Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has already filed lawsuits against the states of Alabama and Tennessee, claiming that these laws violate the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Similarly, the far-left American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed lawsuits against the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Texas.
And the laws in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, and Oklahoma are currently on hold after various federal judges ordered blocks on enacting them amid ongoing litigation.
The ACLU released a statement declaring that they “will defend the rights of transgender youth in court, just as we have done in other states engaging in this anti-science and discriminatory fear-mongering.” Austin Knudsen, the Attorney General of Montana, fired back with his own statement saying that his state “obviously has an interest in protecting young, non-able-to-consent minors from this kind of barbaric surgery.”