Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 22, 2023 / 15:07 pm
A federal court on Monday upheld an Alabama law banning hormonal sex-change treatments for children under 18. The court’s decision places Alabama among the 14 states to have laws banning sex-changing treatments for children in effect.
The decision, which was made by a three-judge panel on the 11th Circuit, only temporarily upholds the ban. The lawsuit against Alabama’s transgender treatments law will continue and be reviewed by the full 11th Circuit Court, with a trial set for April 2, 2024.
The law, called the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, was passed by the Alabama state Legislature in April 2022 and bans sex-changing surgeries and cross-sex hormonal treatments on minors. The law includes criminal penalties of up to 10 years in prison for those performing or administering sex-change procedures to children.
The act also prohibits school officials from withholding information from parents whose children are struggling with gender dysphoria or who have expressed a desire to transition to another sex.