Last year, a federal judge ruled that a similar law in Arkansas “would cause irreparable harm” because it prevented its enforcement. Arkansas’ law, known as the “Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act”, was passed by lawmakers after overriding the veto of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, who argued the legislation “places a very vulnerable in a more difficult position”.
Yet elected officials in conservative states have this year pursued a series of aggressive measures aimed not only at limiting young transgender people’s access to medical care, but also at penalizing parents and medical professionals who help them make the transition. .
In Idaho, lawmakers have proposed legislation that would change the state’s genital mutilation law to make it an offense punishable by life in prison for providing gender-affirming care or helping a child leave the state. to get it.
In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott told state agencies that medical care that helps a child transition should be considered abuse and investigated as such. The order had been blocked by a state court, but the Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday that child abuse investigations regarding transitional care could proceed.
The moves are part of a broader effort by conservative lawmakers that critics say aims to marginalize the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.
On the same day that Ms. Ivey signed Alabama’s medical care bill, she also approved legislation that requires students to use restrooms and locker rooms for the gender listed on their original birth certificates, as well limits to class discussions on gender and sex. guidance – a version of what critics call a “don’t say gay” measure that has been enacted by other states.
“I firmly believe that if the Good Lord made you a boy, you are a boy, and if he made you a girl, you are a girl,” Ms. Ivey, a Republican, said in a statement after signing the bill. “We should especially protect our children from these radical, life-changing drugs and surgeries when they are at such a vulnerable stage in their lives.”