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Texas passes law banning gender-transition surgeries, hormone blockers for minors



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Earlier this month the Texas Supreme Court allowed a new law banning gender-transition treatment for minors to begin taking effect. A lower court had temporarily blocked the law, but that decision was appealed by the attorney general to the Texas Supreme Court. The move prevented the temporary injunction from taking effect. There are over 20 states with similar laws. 

The law bans doctors from prescribing hormones and puberty blockers to minors, as well as prevents them from performing gender-transition surgeries on minors. Legal challengers to the law include some transgender minors and their parents, as well as rights groups such as Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Texas.

“Transgender youth and their families are forced to confront the start of the school year fearful of what awaits them. But let us be clear: The fight is far from over,” opposition groups said in a joint statement.

They argue that the law violates the state constitution and denies parents the right to make decisions about their children’s medical care. Ironically, the argument used to give parents the right in their childrens’ medical care is the complete antithesis of many other liberal agendas such as education, abortion and vaccinations.

The plaintiffs also argue the measure discriminates against transgender people with gender dysphoria by denying them treatments that remain available to minors in Texas for the treatment of other issues.

Conservative group, Texas Values, celebrated the decision:

“Texas kids are safer today because of the Supreme Court ruling,” said Jonathan Covey, the group’s policy director. “Protecting children from harmful and dangerous gender transition surgeries and puberty blockers is in the best interests of the child and something we all agree on.”

National Review reports of the new law:

Doctors who violate the law can have their medical licenses revoked. The measure also prohibits health insurance plans from covering the gender-transition services. It will immediately prevent doctors from providing transition treatments to new patients and will require that existing patients are gradually taken off of the treatments they have been receiving.

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Historic House Vote Expels Rep. George Santos Amidst Scandal



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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.

Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.

Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.

Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.

Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.

Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.

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