Landmark trial begins over Arkansas’ ban on trans youth care

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The nation’s first trial over a state’s ban on gender-confirming care for children has begun in Arkansas.

U.S. District Judge Jay Moody will hear testimony and evidence starting Monday over the law he blocked prohibiting such care for anyone under 18 years old. The trial is expected to last two weeks and is the latest fight over transgender youth restrictions.

The ban has drawn a lot of criticism.

Attorneys for Arkansas argue the ban is part of the state’s authority to regulate medical practices. Families of transgender youths and multiple medical organizations have criticized the ban. Arkansas became the first state to enact such a ban last year.

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