State efforts to restrict gender-affirming care are moving beyond trans youth and increasingly focused on patients over the age of 18.
Transgender health care under fire in U.S. states
Over 100 pieces of legislation introduced in state legislatures in 2023 focus on banning aspects of gender-affirming medical care, according to data from the American Civil Liberties Union. Proponents of the measures have characterized gender-affirming care as "harmful" medical procedures, but such care has been deemed medically necessary and potentially life-saving for transgender youths by leading medical associations.
Politicians in red states are placing new limits on gender-affirming care for transgender people, creating a patchwork of sanctions on health providers.