Constitutional Challenge Unfolds In Florida Over Transgender Medical Treatment Restrictions

Dec 14, 2023 at 11:49 am by Matt

Constitutional challenges unfold in Florida over transgender medical treatment restrictions. A federal judge initiated proceedings on Wednesday, embarking on a constitutional challenge against Florida's stringent regulations concerning medical interventions for transgender individuals. The trial, anticipated to extend over several days, focuses on state legislation and regulations endorsed by the Florida Board of Medicine and Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

Jane Doe Fights For Her Transgender Daughter

The trial's inaugural witness, known as Jane Doe, a resident of St. Johns County and the mother of a transgender girl, attested that the refusal of medical treatment would have a "devastating" impact on her child. The legal contention revolves around the prescription of puberty blockers and hormone therapy for transgender minors, accompanied by additional limitations on treatments for adults.

Jane Doe, a participant in the lawsuit, revealed that her 12-year-old daughter, diagnosed with gender dysphoria at the age of 4, confronts potential curtailments in treatment options. Despite not having undergone puberty blockers, the child has received medical attention from endocrinologists in anticipation of the proposed intervention.

SB 254

Governor Ron DeSantis and the Legislature led by Republicans enacted the legislation (SB 254) during the recent legislative session with the aim of preventing physicians from approving puberty blockers and hormone therapy for minors with gender dysphoria. The law also mandates informed-consent procedures for adults seeking hormone therapy or surgical procedures, reserving the authority to approve hormone therapy exclusively for physicians.

The legal dispute highlights a broader national trend, indicating that Republican-controlled states are implementing measures directed at transgender individuals. Florida argues that such treatments lack substantiated evidence and pose risks, contrary to the stance supported by prominent medical organizations.


While initial arguments underscore the state's assertion of the right to regulate medical standards for gender dysphoria, the plaintiffs counter with accusations of "invidious discrimination." They argue that the state unfairly targets transgender individuals without sufficient justification, citing provocative language used by lawmakers, including Governor DeSantis, who characterized such treatments as "child mutilation."

The state references a recent ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in an Alabama case, suggesting that the plaintiffs may encounter challenges in proving that the restrictions were motivated by animus towards transgender individuals. Nonetheless, the plaintiffs contend that the Florida legislation differs significantly from the Alabama case, emphasizing distinctions in both scope and historical context.

As the trial unfolds, the resolution is poised to carry significant ramifications for transgender rights and the regulatory landscape of medical treatments in Florida.

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