Seattle Children's Hospital sues Texas over 'sham' demand for transgender medical records

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton subpoenaed records of any Texan who received gender-affirming care at the Washington hospital

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
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Seattle Children's Hospital sued the office of Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) on Dec. 7, asking a Travis County District Court to nullify or rein in Paxton's subpoena for any patient records of Texas residents who received gender-affirming care through the Washington hospital, news organizations reported Thursday.

A Texas law that took effect earlier this year bans the use of puberty blockers or hormone therapy on transgender minors in the state. Washington allows such treatments for transgender youths and recently passed a "shield law" blocking legal cooperation "with a subpoena, warrant, court order or other civil or criminal legal process for records" from out of state related to gender-affirming or reproductive health services legal in Washington.

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