6th Circuit Decision a Victory for Protecting Kids says The Family Foundation

Big Victory for Children! 6th Circuit Upholds Kentucky Law Protecting Kids from Gender Mutilation

LEXINGTON, KY – Late yesterday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld laws in Kentucky (SB 150) and Tennessee that provide commonsense protections against harmful gender ‘transitions’ of children, and their resulting irreversible harms. As a result, children in Kentucky and Tennessee will remain protected as the case moves forward.

The Sixth Circuit acknowledged the “unsettled, developing, in truth still experimental, nature of treatments in this area” and that “no one disputes that these treatments carry risks or that the evidence supporting their use is far from conclusive.” Accordingly, the Kentucky General Assembly is certainly entitled to “choose fair-minded caution” to protect children from procedures that are “invasive to the integrity of the human body,’ and ‘not, or are not readily, reversible.’”

Statement from David Walls, executive director of The Family Foundation, in response to the decision:

“The Sixth Circuit rightly agreed that Kentucky has the right to protect vulnerable children from harm and give them time to seek compassionate care. This ruling is another important legal victory in the effort to end these irreversible medical experiments that leave children physically and chemically mutilated.

“I am thankful the Kentucky General Assembly acted to protect children from bodily harm by overriding Governor Andy Beshear’s disappointing veto of these commonsense protections. We are also extremely grateful for Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s tireless defense of Kentucky law and congratulate him on winning this important victory for our children,” Walls concluded.

The Family Foundation played an integral role in the passage of Senate Bill 150 and in supporting its commonsense protections for children, along with hosting a press conference and rally supporting the General Assembly’s override of Gov. Beshear’s veto of the bill. The Foundation also filed a “friend of the court” legal brief at the Sixth Circuit, along with 30 family policy organizations, urging the Court to uphold the law passed in Kentucky and Tennessee.

SB 150 is now in full effect, a shield against a real and immediate harm threatening Kentucky’s children, who deserve to be loved, treated with dignity, and accepted for who they really are.


The Family Foundation is the leading Christian public policy organization in Kentucky and stands for Kentucky families and the Biblical values that make them strong. Learn more at kentuckyfamily.org.

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