FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JACKSON, Miss - The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi (ACLU of Mississippi) sent a letter to Governor Tate Reeves urging him to veto HB 1125, a bill that would ban medical treatment for transgender youth under 18 years of age, effective immediately. HB 1125 would have damaging and catastrophic effects on access to medical care and violates constitutional rights. The ACLU of Mississippi cites multiple court cases where similar laws have been enjoined for violating equal protection and due process rights.
“This is a devastating development for transgender youth in Mississippi and heartbreaking for all of us who love and support them. This care was already too difficult to access across the state for transgender people of any age, but this law shuts the door on best-practice medical care and puts politics between parents, their children, and their doctors,” stated McKenna Raney-Gray, LGBTQ Justice Project Staff Attorney of the ACLU of Mississippi.