FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2023
Contact: Laura Macklem
NC VALUES COALITION RESPONDS TO LAWSUIT WHICH ENDANGERS HEALTH OF GENDER CONFUSED MINORS
NC Values Coalition Executive Director Tami Fitzgerald responded today to a lawsuit filed by organizations from DC, California and New York regarding the attempt to overturn the will of NC voters and endanger gender confused youth:
“This legal challenge is based both on outdated research and faulty constitutional arguments and constitutes an attack on the people of North Carolina who have passed a law protecting children from mutilation of their bodies and a lifetime of medical and mental problems.
“The plaintiffs ignore the growing body of evidence showing that these treatments are, in fact, experimental which is why numerous countries in Europe—Sweden, England, Finland, Norway, France—have either banned or severely restricted these treatments for minors. The benefits do not outweigh the risks to bone development, brain development or higher rates of suicide as compared to non-transitioned individuals; what’s more, 80-90% of children who question their gender, if left alone, will resolve their confusion in favor of their sex by the time they are adults. HB 808 provides children with the opportunity to grow up before making life-altering, permanent medical decisions which will medicalize them for life.
“To date, on three occasions, thus far, the Circuit Courts in the 6th Circuit and the 11th Circuit have refused to find that similar laws are a violation of the 14th Amendment or the Affordable Care Act.”