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Boe v. Marshall

Description:  The Biden administration and politicized interest groups are challenging Alabama’s law that protects children from harmful and unnecessary medical procedures.

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Monday, Aug 21, 2023

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Ryan Bangert regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit’s decision Monday in Eknes-Tucker v. Governor of the State of Alabama to lift a lower court’s injunction on an Alabama state law that protects children from harmful and unnecessary medical procedures in a lawsuit that the Biden administration is supporting. The 11th Circuit’s order allows the law to take effect while the case proceeds:

“Alabama is right to protect minors from harmful, irreversible, and experimental medical procedures that can permanently alter children’s bodies without any proven long-term benefit. Children suffering discomfort with their sex are best served by compassionate mental health care. Even the far-from-impartial World Professional Association for Transgender Health has admitted that the overwhelming majority of children will naturally resolve their dysphoria as they mature. That’s why other countries—like Sweden, England, and Finland—are reversing course, now curtailing the use of dangerous ‘gender transition’ procedures and better protecting children from the bad science that has already devastated countless lives.

“Yet activist groups and professionals with large financial interests continue to push harmful puberty-blockers, potentially sterilizing cross-sex hormones, and irreversible surgeries upon children too young to understand the long-term implications for their lives. The 11th Circuit rightly agreed that Alabama is free to implement laws that protect vulnerable children and give them time to flourish. We commend Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall for his work protecting Alabama’s children, and ADF looks forward to continuing to support him and his office in their noble efforts.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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ABOUT Ryan Bangert

Ryan Bangert serves as senior vice president for strategic initiatives and special counsel to the president at Alliance Defending Freedom. He oversees ADF's regulatory practice, government relations, and corporate engagement teams. He also advises executive leadership with strategic initiatives and appears as counsel for ADF clients. Before joining ADF, Bangert served as deputy for legal counsel and deputy first assistant attorney general in the office of the Texas attorney general. In those roles, he oversaw the state’s Special Litigation Unit, which handled critical litigation against the federal government, and oversaw multiple divisions within the office. Bangert also served as deputy for civil litigation for Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, overseeing the state’s civil litigation portfolio and over 200 attorneys and staff. Prior to his government service, Bangert was a litigation partner at Baker Botts L.L.P. He earned his B.A. from Oral Roberts University, and his J.D. from Southern Methodist University, where he graduated first in his class. He participated in the Blackstone Legal Fellowship program in 2002. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Patrick Higginbotham on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Bangert is an active member of the Texas Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and various federal trial courts and courts of appeal.