BATON ROUGE - The ACLU of Louisiana released the following statement upon the Senate’s passage of House Bill 648, a bill that bans gender-affirming care for transgender children in Louisiana and does not allow for exceptions with parental permission:

“We are deeply disturbed that Louisiana lawmakers circumvented democratic legislative processes and ignored overwhelming expert medical testimony, forcing through this unjust bill that is a dangerous intrusion on the rights and lives of Louisiana families. Our state should be a safe place to raise a child, and this law threatens to deny transgender youth the safety and dignity they deserve.

This extreme government overreach harms everyone in our state, especially transgender Louisianans, and we all deserve better. We call on Governor John Bel Edwards to veto this harmful, discriminatory bill and protect the rights of transgender youth and their families.”