Families challenge Florida transgender treatment rules in court

Four families filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging rules adopted by Florida medical boards that prohibit doctors from providing gender-affirming treatment such as puberty blockers and hormone therapy to transgender children, arguing the rules intrude on “parents’ fundamental right to direct the upbringing of their adolescent children.”

Included in the lawsuit are families from Duval and St. Johns counties.

The lawsuit is 28 pages, and the children represented in it are between 9 and 14 years old.

Florida’s surgeon general, Joseph Ladapo, and the 12 members of the medical boards are named as defendants in the lawsuit that claims the new rules are

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