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March 04, 2022

Statement of ABA President Reginald Turner Re: Transgender rights

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2022 — The American Bar Association opposes government attempts to discriminate against transgender and non-binary people based on gender identity. We also oppose creating barriers to obtaining or providing medical care to affirm an individual’s gender identity.

Criminalizing the very care and family support that professionals recognize as essential to a person’s health is counterproductive. Transgender individuals have a right to obtain gender-affirming healthcare and pursue a better quality of life. We must ensure that everybody, regardless of gender identity or expression, is afforded equal protection of the law.

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