H.B. 480 — Indiana’s gender-affirming care ban

ACLU files federal lawsuit in Indiana to stop H.B. 480’s transgender affirming-care ban for minors

The lawsuit filed on behalf of four transgender children and their families claims the Indiana law violates the U.S. Constitution and the 14th Amendent’s Equal Protection Clause

Chris Hedges
4 min readApr 6, 2023


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Indiana’s governor Eric Holcomb signed a law that bans gender-affirming care for Hoosier trans children yesterday.

The H.B. 480 bill requires trans children to stop gender-affirming medical treatments. The legislation also bans Hoosier trans children from receiving hormones and other medical procedures in the state.

“The law will ban gender-affirming health care — including surgeries, puberty blockers and hormones — for transgender individuals under 18. Trans minors receiving care as of July 1, 2023, will lose access to that care after six months, and those who have not received medical care by July 1, 2023, will be unable to begin receiving it in Indiana,” writes Xain Ballenger in TheStatehouseFile.com

The ACLU sprung into action hours after Indiana’s governor banned medical care for transgender children. They filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of Indiana to stop Indiana’s transphobic law.

The lawsuit states in its introduction:

1. Over the sustained objection and concern of medical professionals, Indiana passed Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 480 (“S.E.A. 480”), effective July 1, 2023, which prohibits transgender minors from receiving what the law labels as “gender transition procedures.” These prohibited interventions are evidence-based and medically necessary medical care essential to the health and well-being of transgender minors who are suffering from gender dysphoria, a serious condition that can lead to depression, anxiety and other serious health consequences when untreated. By denying this medically necessary treatment to minors, the State of Indiana has displaced the judgment of parents, doctors, and adolescents with that of the government. In so doing, the State has intruded on the fundamental rights of parents to care for…



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