A group of Texas families of transgender youth, as well as doctors who treat them, have filed a lawsuit attempting to block the state’s law banning gender transition care for minors.

The Texas lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, argues that SB 14 violates parental rights and discriminates against transgender teenagers. The law, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last month, is set to take effect on September 1.

SB 14 would prohibit transgender minors from accessing hormone therapies, puberty blockers, and transition surgeries. Children who have already received this treatment must be weaned off.

The lawsuit argues that the law will have damaging consequences for transgender teenagers who are unable to receive the gender transition treatment recommended by their parents and physicians.

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A group of Texas families of transgender youth, as well as doctors who treat them, have filed a lawsuit attempting to block the state’s law banning gender transition care for minors. (Getty)

“As a father, my primary goal is to ensure that Luna is safe, taken care of, and has everything she needs to thrive,” one plaintiff, the father of a transgender 12-year-old girl, said in the lawsuit. “Because of recent political attacks against transgender Texans, and [the law] SB 14 in particular, my ability to be a great dad for my kid has become much more difficult.”

The lawsuit alleges that many transgender teenagers will “face the whiplash of losing their necessary medical treatment and experiencing unwanted and unbearable changes to their body.”

“I am gravely concerned about my patients’ ability to survive, much less thrive, if SB 14 takes effect,” plaintiff Richard Ogden Roberts, a doctor, said on behalf of himself and his patients.

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The law was signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last month and is set to take effect on September 1. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

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Roberts said in the lawsuit he and his colleagues are concerned they will be required to choose between upholding their medical oaths or following the new law.

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