May 2, 2023
Planned Parenthood sues Missouri AG over investigation into trans procedures
Planned Parenthood, the non-profit organization that provides reproductive health care services, has filed a lawsuit against Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt over his investigation into the organization's transgender procedures.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court, alleges that Schmitt's investigation is politically motivated and violates the organization's constitutional rights. The investigation was launched after a whistleblower claimed that Planned Parenthood was providing hormone therapy and other medical services to transgender patients without proper authorization.
Planned Parenthood denies the allegations and says that it has followed all state and federal laws regarding the provision of medical services to transgender patients. The organization argues that Schmitt's investigation is an attempt to intimidate and harass the organization and its patients.
The lawsuit seeks to block Schmitt's investigation and to declare it unconstitutional. It also seeks damages for the harm caused by the investigation.
The lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal battles between Planned Parenthood and conservative politicians who oppose the organization's reproductive health care services. In recent years, several states have attempted to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict access to abortion services.
The organization has also faced criticism from some feminist and transgender activists who argue that it does not do enough to support transgender patients. Some activists have called for the organization to provide more comprehensive medical services, including gender confirmation surgery.
Planned Parenthood has responded to these criticisms by expanding its services for transgender patients and advocating for transgender rights. The organization has also worked to build alliances with transgender activists and organizations.
The lawsuit against Schmitt is likely to be a long and contentious legal battle. It remains to be seen whether Planned Parenthood will be successful in its efforts to block the investigation and protect its transgender patients.