May 17, 2023 - Health

Missouri AG drops order restricting gender-affirming care

Picture of Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey speaking during a press conference in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey. Photo: Valerie Plesch/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey on late Tuesday withdrew his order that imposed restrictions on gender-affirming care for transgender youth and adults in the state.

Driving the news: Bailey's move effectively ends a state legal case that challenged the order, which hadn't yet taken effect due to a judge temporarily blocking it until July.

  • The ACLU of Missouri, which challenged Bailey's order, celebrated the withdrawal, calling it "a victory for Missourians’ right to bodily autonomy."

The big picture: The Missouri's attorney general was among the first state actions to target gender-affirming care for adults, with most state legislation focused on prohibiting access to trans minors.

Yes, but: A week ago, Missouri lawmakers passed a bill to prohibit health providers from providing gender-affirming care to trans minors.

  • The governor has yet to sign it, but he has signaled support for the legislation and is expected to sign it into law.
  • If the bill takes effect, then health providers who offer this type of health care could risk losing their medical license and face lawsuits.

What they're saying: Bailey did not issue an official statement on the withdrawal, but his office told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the AG decided to issue the order "unless and until" the state legislature took action against transgender health care.

  • Bailey's office did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.
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