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State of Texas v. Loe

Description:  The state of Texas is defending its law that protects children from unproven drug treatments that risk permanent harm.

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Thursday, Feb 1, 2024

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 filed with the Texas Supreme Court in State of Texas v. Loe, in which the state of Texas is defending its law that protects children from unproven drug treatments that risk permanent harm:

“Texas rightly enacted the Minors Protection Act to protect the health and welfare of all children—no matter how they identify. Injecting children with puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to treat gender dysphoria is unsafe. Systematic, international reviews have shown insufficient evidence to support such use. Many studies even suggest these interventions are dangerous. This has led many European nations and American states to forbid puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones for children with gender dysphoria. As we explain in our brief, ADF believes such caution is best, given the uncertain science, serious harm, and inability of minors to give informed consent, and we are urging the Texas Supreme Court to allow the state to continue protecting its children.”

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.