Federal judge orders restraining order on Alabama law to criminalize gender-affirmed care for minors


A federal judge in Alabama ruled that Preliminary Restraining Order Friday It blocks most provisions of the new, controversial state law that criminalizes gender-verified health care for minors.

Courts have found bans on hormone therapy and puberty blockers discriminatory, Violating the constitutional rights of parents and children.

legislation Gender-affirming medical felony Effective Monday in Alabama.

Parent plaintiffs have a basic right to direct their child’s medical care.‘ said a U.S. District Court judge. Lyles C. Burke Northern Region Central Alabama. “This right includes a more specific right to treat your child by switching medications on a medically acceptable basis. This law is infringing on that right.”

Appointed by Donald Trump, Burke, citing legal precedent, said, “The right of parents to make ‘decisions concerning the nurture, nurture and control of their children’ is one of the ‘oldest fundamental liberty interests’ recognized by the Supreme Court. .”

The state’s claim was rejected. For example, the defendant failed to present “reliable evidence to show that the diverting drug was ‘experimental’,” as it claimed. The state’s justification for the law “is only hypothetical and not very convincing,” the judge added.

Burke’s injunction after concluding that “the threat of immediate harm to parent plaintiffs and minor plaintiffs – i.e., serious physical and/or mental harm” while the lawsuit was being brought “outweighs the harm the state would suffer from the injunction” dropped the

The judge allowed several other provisions of the law to remain in place, including a ban on gender-verifying surgery on minors.

Shannon Minter, General Counsel, said: National Center for Lesbian RightsOne of the groups that sued the state of Alabama on Twitter on Friday:I am so relieved and excited about this decision. In our case,” he added. “This is a strong opinion.”

He told the Los Angeles Blade that this was an important decision.triumph of compassion and common sense And it’s a much-needed antidote to this wave of hostile legislation targeting these young people. Thanks to this decision, Alabama’s children can continue to receive this life-saving treatment and doctors cannot be prosecuted simply for doing their job,” Minter added.

The pediatrician who founded the Birmingham Medical Team, Dr. Morissa Ladinsky told the Associated Press that she has set up a team to treat children with gender dysphoria.Great relief for transgender children and their families.”

The court’s decision “recognizes that this is a well-established treatment approved by 22 major medical associations. This decision will ensure that transgender children in Alabama and elsewhere can continue to receive evidence-based lifesaving care,” she added.

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