alabama: US: Transgender medication law in Alabama blocked by judge – Times of India

MONTGOMERY: A federal judge on Friday blocked part of a law in Alabama that makes it a crime to prescribe sex-confirming puberty inhibitors and hormones to transgender people.
U.S. District Judge Liles Burke issued a preliminary injunction to stop the state from enforcing the drug ban, which took effect on May 8, while a court challenge is pending. The judge left in place other parts of the law that banned gender-confirming surgeries for transgender people and requires that counselors, teachers and other school officials tell parents if a minor reveals that they believe they are transgender people.
The Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act made it a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, to prescribe or administer sex-enhancing drugs to transgender people to help confirm their new gender identity.
Burke stated that Alabama had not provided any credible evidence that transitional medications were “experimental,” while “the unequivocal evidence is that at least twenty-two major medical associations in the United States support transitional medications as well-established, evidence-based treatments for gender dysphoria in minors.”
“The imposition of the law upholds and affirms the ‘enduring American tradition’ that parents – not the states or federal courts – play the primary role in caring for and caring for their children,” Burke said in the statement.
The legislation was part of a wave of bills in Republican-controlled states regarding transgender minors, but it is the first to impose criminal sanctions on the doctors who provide the drugs. In Arkansas, a judge blocked a similar law before it came into force.
The U.S. Department of Justice and four families with transgender people challenged the Alabama Act as discriminatory, an unconstitutional violation of equal protection and freedom of expression, and an infringement of family medical decisions.
The state prosecutor’s office insists that the law is constitutional and says that it aims to protect children. “Science and common sense are on Alabama’s side. We will win this fight to protect our children,” Alabama’s Secretary of Justice Steve Marshall said recently.
Alabama’s lawmaker, who approved the bill last spring, said the decision on the drugs should wait until adulthood.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Endocrine Society both support the treatments that clinics here and in other states provide for transgender people. More than 20 medical and mental health organizations called on Burke to block the law. “Gender-based medical care is the well-recognized, accepted standard of care for young people at risk or suffering from gender dysphoria,” a lawyer wrote in the motion.
Dr Morissa Ladinsky, a pediatrician who founded a medical team in Birmingham that treats children with gender dysphoria, testified last week that her clinic is one of about 55 across the country.

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