Salt Lake City, UT - The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, Inc. (ACLU of Utah) has sent a letter to Governor Spencer Cox urging him to veto S.B. 16, a bill that would ban medical treatment for transgender youth under 18. The letter states that the bill would have damaging and catastrophic effects on medical care and violate constitutional rights. The ACLU of Utah also cites multiple court cases where similar laws have been enjoined for violating equal protection and due process rights.
"This bill effectively bans access to life-saving medical care for transgender youth in Utah. It undermines the health and well-being of adolescents, limits the options of doctors, patients, and parents, and violates the constitutional rights of these families," said Brittney Nystrom, Executive Director of the ACLU of Utah.