ST. LOUIS – A judge is deciding whether to block Missouri’s new ban on gender-affirming care for minors.

The judge is expected to rule before the law is set to take effect on Monday. The ACLU of Missouri and others are suing to block the bill. Closing arguments in the case were heard Wednesday.

Governor Mike Parson signed the bill in June. It prohibits gender-affirming care for anyone under the age of 18.