New Lawsuit Resists Alabama’s Treatment Ban for Transgender Youth

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People hold signs during a rally at the Alabama State House to call attention to anti-transgender legislation introduced in Alabama on March 30, 2021 in Montgomery, Alabama. Credit: Getty Images

People hold signs during a rally at the Alabama State House to call attention to anti-transgender legislation introduced in Alabama on March 30, 2021 in Montgomery, Alabama. Credit: Getty Images

Two families of transgender teenagers, known as Roe and Doe to protect their respective identities, and two doctors have filed a lawsuit against the state of Alabama, which last Friday passed two restrictive measures targeting young people LGBTQ+.

The Republican Alabama legislature passed a bill that makes it a crime for a doctor to provide gender-affirming health care to minors, in addition to a second bill, which prohibits students from K-12 to use bathrooms that match their gender identity.

Much like Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, the measure also prohibits classroom discussions of gender identity in elementary schools. It also requires minors to disclose to their parents if their “perception of their gender is inconsistent with the gender of the minor.”

Governor Kay Ivey (right) also signed into law Senate Bill 184 last week, making it a Class C felony for health professionals in the state to provide hormone replacement therapy, blockers puberty and gender affirmation surgery for people 18 and under. Those who break the law risk up to 10 years in prison.

In response to the new set of rules, the ACLU of Alabama on Friday announced plans to file a legal challenge against the measure.

“By signing SB 184, Governor Ivey told the kind, loving, and loyal families of Alabama that they cannot stay here without depriving their children of the basic medical care they need,” said Dr. Morissa Ladinsky, a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed Monday in a statement. . “She undermined the health and well-being of Alabama’s children and put doctors like me in the horrible position of choosing between ignoring the medical needs of our patients or risking being sent to prison,” added Dr. Ladinsky.

Additionally, NBC reported that more than 19 states have proposed new measures resembling Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which bans teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade and drew scrutiny from President Joe Biden, Democrats. , and the LGBTQ+ community nationwide.

Similarly, lawmakers in Ohio, Louisiana, and Texas have proposed bills to ban schools from discussing topics of gender identity or sexual orientation in certain sex-ed classes and lessons. .

Joining these states in offering similar measures are a series of others, including: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky and South Carolina.

Some of the measures would encourage sanctions for school officials who integrate teachings on gender identity into their curricula.

Earlier this year, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem banned transgender women and girls from competing on girls’ teams in school sports. 14 other states have similar bans in place, preventing transgender students from playing sports compatible with their gender identity.

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