It’s now illegal to supply gender-affirming take care of transgender youth in Alabama after a federal judge didn’t rule on a motion Friday that would have temporary halted the unprecedented law from going into effect.
As of Sunday, the brand new law makes it a felony, punishable by as much as 10 years in prison, for medical providers to provide puberty blockers or hormones to those under the age of 19 to assist affirm their gender identity.
This enforcement is a primary for a state. The Arkansas Legislature passed the same measure last yr but a federal judge blocked it from going into effect while a lawsuit difficult the prohibition plays out.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey last month signed laws that bans gender-affirming medications for transgender kids under the age of 19 in her state.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed her state’s bill early last month, prompting lawsuits from the U.S. Department of Justice and from the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Human Rights Campaign on behalf of local families.
U.S. District Judge Liles Burke last week considered a motion looking for to temporarily halt the ban while the lawsuit is pending but ultimately didn’t make a call.
A rally on the Alabama State House last yr aimed to attract attention to anti-transgender laws introduced within the state.
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