May 23, 2022 - Health

Dallas hospital can continue treating new adolescent trans patients, judge rules

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Doctors at Children's Medical Center Dallas will be allowed to intake and treat transgender youth who seek gender-affirming care for at least another year after a county judge granted a temporary injunction on Monday, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Why it matters: The move comes after the hospital decided to stop providing certain medical treatments, such as puberty blockers and hormone therapy, to new trans patients. Texas has implemented several anti-trans policies in the past year, including one that allows the state to investigate parents for child abuse if they seek gender-affirming care for their trans kids.

  • Ximena Lopez, the doctor who led the program for trans youth, had requested the injunction in a bid to restore treatments amid the larger court battle over whether to end the policy for good.
  • The injunction will remain in place until the court holds a trial to hear arguments for and against the program. The trial is currently slated for April 18, 2023.
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