A federal judge in Alabama on Friday issued a preliminary injunction blocking most provisions of a controversial new state law criminalizing gender-affirming health care for minors.
Citing legal precedents, the ruling noted that “a parent’s right to ‘make decisions about the care, custody and control of their children’ is one of the ‘oldest fundamental liberty interests’ recognized by the Supreme Court”.
The state’s arguments fell flat. The defendants, for example, have produced no “credible evidence to show that the bridging drugs are ‘experimental,'” as Burke claims. The state’s justifications for the law are “hypothetical, not overwhelmingly compelling,” the judge added.
Burke issued the injunction after finding that the “imminent threat of harm to plaintiff parents and minor plaintiffs – i.e., serious physical and/or psychological harm” while the case is being argued “l outweighs the harm the state will suffer from the injunction”.
The judge allowed several other provisions of the law to remain, including a ban on gender-affirming surgeries for minors.