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K.C. v. Individual Members of the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana

Description:  The ACLU and other activists are challenging an Indiana law that protects children from harmful and unnecessary medical procedures.

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Tuesday, Aug 29, 2023

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel and Vice President of Appellate Advocacy John Bursch regarding a friend-of-the-court brief ADF attorneys filed Monday at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in K.C. v. Individual Members of the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana that asks the court to uphold an Indiana law that protects children from risky and unproven drug interventions:

“Indiana is right to protect children from risky drug interventions that may permanently harm them without any proven long-term benefit. Children suffering discomfort with their sex are best served by compassionate counseling. Many who have received such counseling alone have recovered from their gender dysphoria and grown comfortable with their sex. Conversely, those who have taken unproven drugs are more likely to persist in their confusion and face higher risks of depression, sexual dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, stroke, breast cancer, liver disease, and more. That’s why countries that led the way for so-called 'gender affirming medicine'—like Sweden, England, Finland, and Denmark—have reversed course to curtail the use of dangerous drug and surgical interventions to better protect children from the bad science that has already devastated countless lives. We urge the 7th Circuit to uphold Indiana’s law and allow children to receive the help they need—safely.”

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 John Bursch

John Bursch is senior counsel and vice president of appellate advocacy with Alliance Defending Freedom. Bursch has argued 12 U.S. Supreme Court cases and more than 30 state supreme court cases since 2011, and a recent study concluded that among all frequent Supreme Court advocates who did not work for the federal government, he had the 3rd highest success rate for persuading justices to adopt his legal position. Bursch served as solicitor general for the state of Michigan from 2011-2013. He has argued multiple Michigan Supreme Court cases in eight of the last ten terms and has successfully litigated hundreds of matters nationwide, including six with at least $1 billion at stake. As part of his private firm, Bursch Law PLLC, he has represented Fortune 500 companies, foreign and domestic governments, top public officials, and industry associations in high-profile cases, primarily on appeal. He received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1997 from the University of Minnesota Law School and is admitted to practice in numerous federal district and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.