Alabama lawmakers advance ban on gender-altering procedures for minors

Legislators in Alabama are fighting back against the far-left ideologues who are seemingly determined to push gender confusion onto children.

The state’s Republican lawmakers are moving ahead with a ban on gender-altering treatments for minors, the Washington Examiner reported. Liberals are not happy about the bill, which would, among other things, make prescribing hormone blockers to children under 19 a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

“I just don’t think, and others don’t think, that kids should be given experimental drugs or surgeries that could have irreversible consequences for the rest of their life,” said state Sen. Shay Shelnutt (R), who introduced the bill.

Alabama Senate takes action

The Senate voted to pass the bill, called the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, in a 22–3 vote. Republicans have majorities in both chambers of Alabama’s legislature, and a similar bill already passed in the state House, where the Senate’s version will now proceed. The bill would make it a Class C felony for a doctor to prescribe hormone blockers to children or perform sex-altering surgeries, even with parents’ permission.

“Kids are not fully developed until later in life,” Shelnutt said. “I think we can all agree that kids aren’t capable of making certain decisions until certain ages. And so, we want to just stop these procedures from happening in Alabama.”

Conservatives argue that permanently changing one’s sex is a decision fraught with lifelong consequences that a child is ill-prepared to fully appreciate. But an increasingly militant left has sanitized transgender surgery into just another palliative medical “service” that has no significant implications, much like they have already done by turning abortion into “health care.”

To transgender advocates, bills like the one in Alabama put gender-confused children at risk of suicide by suppressing their true identity. As such, a bill that would not have been necessary years ago — and which would have been non-controversial to much of the public — is now being attacked as intolerant, even unscientific, by progressives.

“Decisions about medical care should be left to doctors, patients and their families, consistent with best practices. This legislation takes that decision away from Alabamians solely so lawmakers can discriminate against transgender people. It is wrong, and the House must reject this,” said the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT lobby in America.

Taking a stand

The bill marks a relatively rare example of Republican lawmakers directly pushing back against an increasingly visible and powerful movement to normalize gender dysphoria, as The Washington Times notes. Lawmakers in southern and Midwestern states have introduced a handful of similar bills this year, but the fight over abortion rights has attracted far more attention amid a recent push in state legislatures to restrict the practice.

Nevertheless, America has changed a lot since President Barack Obama used the bully pulpit to push a deeply controversial and unpopular agenda on the majority of Americans. Transgender rights — and the ability of children with gender dysphoria to change their sex over the objections of one or both parents — have continued to be significant issues. Controversy exploded in Texas last year when a court ruled against a father fighting for custody of his son, who the mother had insisted was actually a girl — and the court initially sided with the mother.

Another recent flashpoint has been the increasing frequency of events involving interactions between transvestites and children, like “Drag Queen Story Hour,” which purportedly attempts to introduce children to “self-love, acceptance of others and appreciation of diversity.” Republicans in a number of jurisdictions have attempted to ban such events, NBC News notes. The inclusion of transgender competitors in girls’ athletic competitions has also sparked anger as well as litigation over the past few years, according to Fox News.

In spite of the left’s constant threats and intimidation, there are apparently still some lawmakers in this country possessed of the courage of their convictions as well as basic common sense.

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