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ST. LOUIS — Just now, the St. Louis County Circuit Court granted a temporary restraining order blocking Attorney General Bailey’s attempt to ban gender-affirming care in Missouri. In response, 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:

“Today’s decision is a temporary win for the thousands of Missourians who rely on this care. In the month since the rule was announced, our gender-affirming care patient population has more than doubled, demonstrating that people need this life-saving care, and don’t want an unelected attorney general using his personal ideology to dictate what they can do with their bodies and lives.  

“We remain optimistic that the court will permanently strike down this harmful ban. The Attorney General has no business regulating our patients’ health care, just like transphobia and junk science have no place in health care. 

“Today’s order is encouraging, but we know these attacks will continue. The Attorney General is dead set on denying science and evidence to attack the trans community in the same way his predecessor attacked people seeking an abortion. But we'll never stop standing with and fighting for our patients — we’re here no matter what.”