‘I believe very strongly if the good Lord made you a boy, you are a boy, and if he made you a girl, you are a girl,’ Ivey said in a statement on the bill.
‘We should especially protect our children from these radical, life-altering drugs and surgeries when they are at such a vulnerable stage in life. Instead, let us focus on helping them to properly develop into the adults God intended them to be.’
The Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act makes it a felony for doctors to perform medical procedures or prescribe medication to minors who want to alter their appearance, gender or delay puberty. The criminal penalty would be up to 10 years in prison.
The bill passed the Alabama House 66-28. The American Civil Liberties Union said the bill was the first of its kind to make trans healthcare a felony and promised to challenge it in court.
The legislation also purports to ban puberty blockers, which it says can cause infertility and other health risks.
Democrats who opposed the bill said it contradicted Republican principals of small government.
‘This is not small government; this is not a conservative bill,’ Democratic Rep. Neil Rafferty told the chamber.
‘I believe very strongly if the good Lord made you a boy, you are a boy, and if he made you a girl, you are a girl,’ Ivey said in a statement on the bill
‘We should especially protect our children from these radical, life-altering drugs and surgeries when they are at such a vulnerable stage in life,’ Ivey said
But Republican Rep. Wes Allen likened the initiative to laws that prevent minors from getting tattoos or buying nicotine products.
‘We make decisions in this body all the time that are to protect children from making decisions that could permanently harm them,’ Allen said.
Last year Ivey signed a bill banning transgender youth from playing in sports that align with their gender identity.
The governor also on Friday signed a bill that would ban K-12 students from using the bathrooms and school facilities that do not correspond with their biological sex.
‘Here in Alabama, the men use the men’s room, and the ladies use the ladies’ room – it’s really a no brainer.
This bill will also ensure our elementary school classrooms remain free from any kind of sex talk. Let me be clear to the media and to opponents who like to incorrectly dub this the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ amendment: That is misleading, false and just plain wrong. We don’t need to be teaching young children about sex.’
The bill compels school personnel to alert parents if ‘minor’s perception of his or her gender or sex is inconsistent with the minor’s sex.’
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday went off about Republicans who she said are ‘engaging in a disturbing, cynical trend of attacking vulnerable transgender kids.’
‘Instead of focusing on critical kitchen table issues like the economy, COVID, or addressing the country’s mental health crisis,’ she said, ‘Republican lawmakers are currently debating legislation that, among many things, would target transgender youth with tactics that threaten to put pediatricians in prison if they provide medically necessary, life-saving care for the kids they serve.’
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday went off about Republicans who she said are ‘engaging in a disturbing, cynical trend of attacking vulnerable transgender kids’
Psaki continued: ‘Legislators who are contemplating these discriminatory bills have been put on notice by the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services that laws and policies preventing care that health care professionals recommend for transgender minors may violate the Constitution and federal law. To be clear, every major medical association agrees that gender-affirming health care for transgender kids is a best practice and potentially life-saving.’
Last week, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill banning irreversible gender reassignment surgery for minors.
In February, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to conduct child abuse investigations into parents who get their children healthcare to alter their gender.
A Texas judge temporarily stayed such investigations, but Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton insisted they were legal and would continue.
Meanwhile, more than a dozen states now ban transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports. The fresh wave of anti-trans legislation came as University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, who transitioned from a man to a woman before senior year, won a Division I title.
But last month Republican governors in Utah and Illinois vetoed legislation banning transgender youth from sports, arguing the issue did not pose a problem in their states. Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear did the same.
An average of 1.8 percent of high school students identify as transgender, according to a CDC study from 2019.
Most Americans say trans athletes should have to play on the teams that match their birth gender. According to a 2021 Gallup poll, 62 percent of Americans said that trans athletes should play on teams corresponding with their biological gender, while 34 percent said they should be able to play on teams that match their gender identity.
Amid the uptick in laws regarding health care for trans youth, the Department of Justice issued a memo last month to state attorneys general reminding them of their ‘federal constitutional and statutory obligations’ to protect them.
‘State laws and policies that prevent parents or guardians from following the advice of a healthcare professional regarding what may be medically necessary or otherwise appropriate care for transgender minors may infringe on rights protected by both the Equal Protection and the Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment,’ the letter warned.