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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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DHS protects ‘privacy’ of migrants on terror watchlist

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Fox News reporter Bill Melugin filed a Freedom of Information Act request that sought the nationalities of individuals on the terror watchlist who entered the United States illegally. No more identifying information such as their names or location were requested; nonetheless, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responded that the right to ‘privacy’ of the migrants on the watchlist outweighs the public’s right to know.

The denial of the request occurred on the same day that at least one illegal immigrant reportedly on the terror watchlist was apprehended while attempting to infiltrate the Quantico Marine Corps base in Virginia, reports Just The News.

“The privacy interests of the individuals in the records you have requested outweigh any minimal public interest in disclosure of the information,” the department told Melugin in a letter, he wrote in a post on X. “Any private interest you may have in that information does not factor into the aforementioned balancing test.”

Melugin pushed back on the rejection in a post to social media on Thursday, defending his request for the information and claiming that most of the rejection had nothing to do with what he was asking for. He also vowed to appeal the decision.

“I did not ask for any names, IDs, addresses, anything that would breach privacy, nor did I ask for any law enforcement sensitive information,” Melugin said. “I simply requested *only* the nationalities of people arrested on the list, so the public can have an understanding of where in the world they are coming from.”

Just The News adds that the border crisis and influx of illegal migrants has resulted in at least 736 known or suspected terrorists being released into the country in fiscal year 2023. In this fiscal year, at least 210 known or suspected terrorists have been apprehended and then released into the country as of March 22.

 

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