Last year, a federal judge ruled that a similar law in Arkansas would “cause irreparable harm” and blocked its application. The Arkansas law, known as the “Save Teens From Experimentation Act,” was passed by lawmakers after overriding a veto by Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson, who argued that the legislation “puts a very vulnerable population in a position more difficult”.
Still, elected officials in conservative states have taken a series of aggressive steps this year aimed not only at limiting transgender youth’s access to health care, but also penalizing parents and medical professionals who help them in the process. transition.
In Idaho, lawmakers advanced legislation that would amend the state’s genital mutilation law to make it a crime punishable by up to life in prison for providing gender-affirming care or helping a child leave the state to obtain it.
In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott told state agencies that health care that helps a child transition should be considered abuse and investigated as such. The order had been stalled by a state court, but the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that child abuse investigations into transitional care could continue.
Those moves have been part of a broader effort by conservative lawmakers that critics say is aimed at marginalizing the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.
The same day that Ms. Ivey signed the Alabama health care bill, she also passed legislation requiring students to use bathrooms and locker rooms for the sex listed on their original birth certificates, as well as limits on classroom discussions about gender and sexuality. 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 God made you a boy, you are a boy, and if God 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-altering drugs and surgeries when they are at such a vulnerable stage of life.”