[–] Shiloh 15 points (+15|-0)

The state Chamber of Commerce and the Walton Family Foundation, which was founded by relatives of Arkansas-based Walmart’s founder, also asked the court to block the ban.>

Just wanted to highlight this tidbit.

[–] Nona_Biba 13 points (+13|-0)

Why does fuckin walmart care about whether minors can medically transition?!? I hate HATE HATE how rich people hold so much political sway in our country.

[–] lucretiamott 16 points (+16|-0)

Walmart is a big pharmaceutical dealer.

[–] Nona_Biba 10 points (+10|-0)

🤦‍♀️ I completely overlooked walmart pharmacy. Of course walmart would allow kids to irreversibly change their bodies in order to make a few more bucks. Of course they would.

Monopolists make money off woke divide and conquer ideology and on peddling pharmaceuticals. Monopolies are a threat to democracy. Bring back anti-trust!

Chamber of Commerce is a private business lobbying group. It’s also responsible for a ton of current harm to the world.

Even from a pro-capitalist sort of mindset, monopolies break all the lovely economic efficiencies that are actually nice about capitalism. That's without getting into monopolies gaining too much political power.

[–] Nona_Biba 14 points (+14|-0)

“It hurt that the State of West Virginia would try to block me from pursuing my dreams. I just want to play.”

You CAN play!

......With the BOYS!

“I will not sit idly by while radical groups such as the ACLU use our children as pawns for their own social agenda.”

You go, AG Leslie Rutledge!

The judge appeared skeptical of the state’s argument that the ban was targeting the procedure, not transgender people. For example, he questioned why a minor born as a male should be allowed to receive testosterone but not one who was born female

Because, if a male takes testosterone prescribed from a dr he is attempting to correct an illness or imbalance. He is trying to return to normal, forgive my clumsy wording. If a female takes testosterone she is purposefully inducing an illness in her body. Must I explain to a JUDGE why a female taking testosterone many times the normal range for her sex is different than a male taking testosterone to stay within the normal parameters of his sex?

[–] estina 1 points (+1|-0)

Jesus Christ it’s grim that a judge wouldn’t understand the difference. Surely they should be presented with the relevant medical info to understand why cross-sex hormones are completely different.

[–] Boudicaea 3 points (+3|-0) Edited

Parents have a constitutional right to parent in the manner they deem appropriate. This was going to be hard. I think Arkansas may well win on the merits though, once it can get some evidence in of the lasting harm to children.

[–] Livin 2 points (+2|-0) Edited

Several major medical groups, including the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, filed a brief with the court challenging Arkansas’ ban.

It's infuriating how the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and other medical groups filed a brief challenging the ban. On the surface, the involvement of these groups legitimizes the gender-affirmation care for kids. However, no one pays attention to what's beneath the surface. Lately these groups have been getting major donations from TRAs and pharmaceuticals. Someone would have to do a deep dive to get into the specifics of these donations. I believe it is public record. These donations pushes the sway of these organizations.

Moreover, there are also a lot of corrupt doctors who support gender affirmation care for the money. My cousin is doing a fellowship in plastic surgery, and she was telling me about knowing numerous doctors who privately deride their trans patients, but happily take their money and prescribe them their desired hormones and give them their surgeries. They have them sign wavers to protect themselves. Since Medicaid and health insurance companies are required to provide trans surgeries and treatment, there is a lot of money to be made.

It just infuriates me because do these medical groups advocate and sue the government or private insurance companies for denying people various cancer treatments (or bankrupting families in the process), denying people with eating disorders residential treatment, or treating serious but less common conditions like ALS, and etc. Where were these medical groups during the opioid epidemic? Why didn't they advocate for their patients before it became such a crisis? Why don't these medical groups advocate for strengthened and improved treatment for women's health issues, which is almost always grossly underfunded and under researched. Why don't these medical groups advocate for improved care for conditions like PCOs and endometriosis?

These medical groups are getting involved in advocating for medically transitioning children and are thus getting involved in trans lobbying and political advocacy. But where the fuck are these medical groups when states are banning abortions, shutting down women's health clinics, preventing access for birth control & Plan B, creating stupid heart beat bills, and preventing actual sex education at schools instead of abstinence only programs? (Maybe a consequence of abstinence only sex education is one reason why younger TIMs somehow stupidly believe that they are female, can get periods, can get pregnant, etc, and know nothing about female sex organs).

Maybe if these medical groups advocated and sued state governments on protecting women's health care, abortion bans wouldn't be taking over the US. There are probably more abortion bans then youth trans treatment bans right now. When these medically transitioned kids grow up and the lawsuits begin, these medical organizations should also be held accountable and sued. If these medical groups are such ardent supporters of kids medically transitioning where they are filing briefs in court, then they need to also be held accountable for promoting this transgender bullshit.

[–] Boudicaea 2 points (+2|-0)

The medical industry does not self-police. They protect each other. The law has set it up this way by creating a safe harbor for any doctor who can claim he was only following "the standard of care". Tort reform has further exacerbated the problem.

Doctors are in a position of trust and should be held to a higher standard than we currently hold them to. They are not required to put their patients' interests before their own. This needs to change.

I am hopeful that on the aftermath of all this, we at least roll back tort reform and impose some actual ethical standards, with teeth, on the medical community.