ACLU asks judge to block Arkansas trans youth treatment ban

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a federal judge to prevent Arkansas from enforcing its ban on gender confirming treatments for transgender youth while a lawsuit challenging the prohibition proceeds.

The ACLU on Tuesday requested a preliminary injunction against the new law, which is set to take effect July 28.

The new law prohibits doctors from providing gender confirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to anyone under 18 years old, or from referring them to other providers for the treatment.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit last month challenging the measure.

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