An Alabama law prohibiting doctors from prescribing puberty blockers and opposite-sex hormones to and performing ‘sex-change’ surgeries on minors went into effect on Sunday, May 8.
This makes Alabama the first state in the nation to protect children from these harmful and experimental chemicals and surgeries.
The legislation (SB 184), called the Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, takes two critical steps towards protecting minors:
- The law makes it a felony for a physician to prescribe puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to minors and to perform a “sex-change” surgery on anyone under 19.
- The statute prohibits school nurses, counselors, teachers, principals and other officials from encouraging a minor to withhold from their parent(s) or legal guardian “the fact that the minor’s perception of his or her gender or sex is inconsistent with the minor’s sex” or to withhold that information themselves.
SB 184 has been challenged in court by LGBT activist groups, including the GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC).
The judge presiding in the case, U.S. District Judge Liles Burke, so far has not issued a ruling in the case.
On May 6, the judge said that he would likely issue an opinion after the law takes effect, because he wants “a well-reasoned order that is right on the law.”
“I just ask that everyone be patient,” he said.
Since the judge hasn’t ruled one way or the other, the law is now in effect as of Sunday.
Judge Burke was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama by former President Donald J. Trump.
Mainstream media outlets were quick to spread falsehoods about the law.
For example, The Hill dubbed the law the “gender-affirming care ban.”
But the law doesn’t ban procedures that affirm someone’s gender.
It bans damaging procedures that try to make children appear more like the opposite gender.
Likewise, ABC News called the law “Alabama’s trans youth care ban,” while NBC News called it the “Alabama ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youth.”
And yet, the law doesn’t ban “care” for youth. It protects minors from harmful and experimental medical procedures, chemicals and hormones.
It’s instances like this that prove why most Americans, rightly, don’t trust mainstream media outlets.
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Regarding SB 184, here’s the real scoop: Children in The Yellowhammer State are now protected from harmful and experimental hormones and surgeries that gender ideologues would like to subject them to.
That’s good news, and all 49 other states should follow suit.
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