MONTGOMERY, Ala (AP) – A federal judge on Friday blocked part of the Alabama law making it a crime to prescribe gender-proven puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors.
U.S. District Judge Liles Burke issued a preliminary order to stop the state from enforcing the drug ban, which took effect May 8, as a court challenge continues. The judge left out other parts of the law that prohibit gender-verifying surgeries for transgender minors, which doctors have confirmed are not performed on minors in Alabama. He also left a provision requiring counselors and other school officials to tell parents if a minor reveals that they believe they are transgender.
The Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act makes it a crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, to prescribe or administer gender-verifying medication to transgender minors to help prove their bag -the gender identity.
Burke ruled that Alabama had no reliable evidence to show that the drugs were switching “experimental” while, “the inconsistent evidence record is that of at least twenty -two major medical associations in the United States. endorses transferring medications as established, evidence-based treatment for gender dysphoria in minors.
“The Law’s call supports and reaffirms the‘ enduring American tradition ’that parents — not the state or federal courts — play a key role in nurturing and caring for their children. children, “Burke wrote in the opinion.
The legislation is about a wave of fees in Republican -controlled states regarding transgender minors, but is the first to impose criminal penalties against doctors who prescribe drugs. In Arkansas, a judge blocked a similar law before it took effect. The U.S. Department of Justice and four families with transgender children have challenged Alabama law as discrimination, an unconstitutional violation of equal protections and rights to freedom of expression and an intrusion into decisions in family medical.
“It’s a huge relief for transgender children and their families,” Drs. Morissa Ladinsky, a pediatrician who founded a Birmingham medical team that treats children with gender dysphoria, said late Friday.
“The court decision recognizes that it is an established care endorsed by 22 major medical associations. This decision will ensure that transgender children in Alabama, and beyond, can continue to receive this evidence-based renowned life-saving care.
Representatives for Alabama Gov. For Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall could not immediately be reached for comment Friday night.
The state attorney’s office argues that the use of drugs cannot be solved scientifically, and thus the state has a regulatory role to protect children. During a court hearing before Burke, state lawyers argued that European countries were taking a more conservative approach to medications. Alabama lawmakers, who approved the bill this spring, said drug decisions will have to wait until maturity. “I believe very strongly that if the Good Lord made you a man, you are a man, and if he made you a woman, you are a woman,” Ivey said when he signed the law last month.
The judge said the Alabama evidence was not compelling. He noted a psychologist who testified that most children growing up with gender dysphoria never provided care to a transgender minor under the age of sixteen. Another witness in the state was a woman who testified that she regretted taking testosterone at age 19.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Endocrine Society both endorse treatments provided by clinics here and in other states for transgender youth. More than 20 medical and mental health organizations are urging Burke to block the law.