An Alabama law that makes it a crime to prescribe puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors has been blocked by a federal judge while upholding other aspects of the ‘Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act’ State.
U.S. District Judge Liles Burke issued a preliminary injunction to stop the state from enforcing the drug ban, which took effect May 8, while a lawsuit against the bill continues.
Advocates of gender-affirming drugs for minors, who challenged the law as an illegal intrusion into family and medical decisions, welcomed the ruling.
“It’s an amazing relief,” said Jennifer Levi, Transgender Rights Project Director for GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders. “Parents should not be punished for wanting to do what is best for their children.”
The decision upholds Alabama’s ban on gender-affirming surgeries for transgender minors — which are not performed on minors in the state — as well as a provision that requires counselors and other school to notify parents if a minor reveals they think they are transgender.
Educators and school nurses are not permitted to deny – or “encourage or coerce” students to deny – their parents “the fact that the minor’s perception of his or her gender or sex is inconsistent with the minor’s sex” , wrote Burke in his opinion. .
The state attorney general’s office had argued that drug use was an unsettled science and therefore the state had a role to play in regulating to protect children.
The judge also ruled that Alabama had produced no credible evidence to show that the drugs in transition are “experimental” while “uncontradicted evidence on the record is that at least twenty-two major medical associations in the United States United Endorses Transitioning Drugs as well-established, evidence-based treatments for gender dysphoria in minors.
Burke added that “passing the law affirms and reaffirms the ‘enduring American tradition’ that parents — not states or federal courts — play the primary role in the upbringing and care of their children.” “.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, who says drug decisions should wait until adulthood – “I believe very strongly that if the Good Lord made you a boy, you’re a boy , and if he made you a girl, you’re a girl,” she said last month – describing the ruling as a “temporary legal roadblock.” State Attorney General Steve Marshall , said he would appeal.
Alabama’s law banning child gender transition has received support from 15 states, including Texas where Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement on Wednesday saying he “would support any law in any state that protects vulnerable children from the sexual predations of the left”. .
In Arkansas, a judge blocked a similar law before it took effect. Dr Morissa Ladinsky, a pediatrician who founded a Birmingham medical team that treats children with gender dysphoria, said the decision was a “huge relief for transgender children and their families”.