Two bills signed by Alabama’s Republican governor Kay Ivey on Friday pertain to transgender minors, one of which makes it a felony for medical personnel to provide “gender-affirming” treatment to minors. The Alabama legislature passed the bill this week.
Under the bill, Senate Bill 184, a minor child may not be subjected to a medical treatment or medication “intended to change the child’s gender or cause puberty to be halted.” It will be known as the Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act.
The legislation sets out in detail how “gender-affirming” medical treatment in children is provided, including therapies that are not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Also, the bill stresses that there are certain members of the medical community who are “aggressively” pushing for this sort of health care to be accessible to minors.
According to a press release from Ivey’s office, she stated, “We should protect our children, particularly from these dangerous, irreversible treatments and operations when they are in such a vulnerable age.”
“If God created you as a male, you are a male; if he made you as a female, you are a female.”
On March 31, two government agencies published papers encouraging “gender-affirming” treatment for minors, which we covered.
In one document, the United States Dept. of Health and Human Services Population Affairs Office declared that “gender-affirming medical care is essential to overall health and well-being” for kids and teenagers, and that it allows minors to focus on “social transitions” while “navigating the healthcare system.”
On this same day, another branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network, published a parallel paper entitled “Gender-Affirming Care Is Actually Trauma-Informed Care.”
The American College of Pediatrics does not consider gender-affirming surgery to be child abuse or medical malpractice. “It might include proven therapies such as puberty blockers and gender-affirming hormones,” according to the NCTSN document.
States have taken various actions in recent years to safeguard minors from “gender-affirming” medical treatments, including Arizona and Idaho.