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ST. LOUIS — In response to the St. Louis County Circuit Court issuing an order staying  Attorney General Bailey’s attempt to ban gender-affirming care in Missouri, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri (PPSLRSWMO) released the following statement:

Statement from Yamelsie Rodríguez, president and CEO, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri:
"Our patients can breathe a bit easier today now that the court sided with science and medicine over the Attorney General’s ideological transphobia. We will continue to provide the gender-affirming care that more than a thousand patients are relying on. This is a temporary win — not only for our patients but for everyone across Missouri because politicians have no business blocking anyone from the care they want and need. We are optimistic the court will permanently strike down these harmful restrictions and send a message to the attorney general that he has no business regulating people’s health care.  

“Today’s order is encouraging, but we know these attacks will keep coming. The Attorney General and his league of ideological fanatics are hell-bent on denying science and evidence to attack the trans community in the same way they’ve attacked people seeking an abortion. But we'll never stop standing with and fighting for our patients — we’re here no matter what.”

Separately, PPSLRSWMO filed a lawsuit in March in the Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis against Attorney General Andrew Bailey, seeking to end his sham and unlawful investigation into PPSLRSWMO’s gender-affirming health care program.