By JACK DURA
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota district judge said Tuesday he will rule soon on whether to issue a temporary restraining order against North Dakota’s ban on gender-affirming care for children. Families and a pediatrician filed the lawsuit in September. They want the ban found unconstitutional and blocked from enforcement. North Dakota’s Republican-controlled Legislature overwhelmingly passed the law, which Republican Gov. Doug Burgum signed into effect in April. Supporters say the ban protects children against treatments and surgeries they say are irreversible. Opponents say the ban will harm transgender youth, who are at greater risk for depression, suicide and self-harm.