Alabama law criminalizing use of gender-affirming drugs to treat transgender youth now faces federal test
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A federal judge will hear arguments Thursday on a challenge to Alabama’s plan to ban the use of gender-affirming drugs to treat transgender youth.
U.S. District Judge Liles Burke has scheduled a hearing on a request to block law enforcement while it is challenged in court. The law, which would otherwise come into force on Sunday, makes it a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison for medical providers who give puberty blockers and hormones to people under 19 to help them assert their identity. of gender.
Four families with transgender children, two doctors and a member of the clergy have filed a lawsuit challenging the law as an unconstitutional violation of equal protection and free speech rights and an intrusion into parental decisions. The US Department of Justice has asked to join the case.
“No other state has ever passed a law like Alabama’s Compassionate and Vulnerable Child Protection Act and for good reason. The law takes the unprecedented step of removing the ability of parents to obtain well-established medical care for their children,” plaintiffs’ attorneys wrote in the motion seeking a preliminary injunction or temporary restraining order against the law. .
The state asks Burke to allow the law to go into effect.
“If the court orders this act, Alabama’s children will suffer irreversible harm from unproven, permanently sterilizing and scarring medical interventions pushed by ideological interest groups,” the state’s attorneys wrote.