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Court presents fall arguments on Alabama’s ban on treatment of trans youth

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments in November on Alabama’s efforts to ban the use of gender-affirming drugs to treat transgender minors.

Alabama is asking a federal appeals court to lift an injunction and let it enforce a law that would make it a crime to give puberty blockers or hormones to transgender minors to help them affirm their gender identity. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tentatively set arguments for the week of Nov. 14 in Montgomery.

U.S. District Judge Liles Burke issued a preliminary injunction in May to stop the state from enforcing the drug ban while a trial continues.

Families and advocacy groups have challenged the ban as an unlawful intrusion into family and medical decisions. Alabama kept the ban necessary to protect children.

The state appealed. In May, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey called the injunction a “temporary legal roadblock.”

The Alabama appeal cites the U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion, citing the majority view that unlisted constitutional rights — those not explicitly mentioned in the document — must be ” deeply rooted in the history and traditions of the nation”.

A judge has blocked a similar law from taking effect in Arkansas. A three-judge panel of the 8th United States Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in that state’s appeal in July.


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