In a move sure to cause outrage among many on the left, a law signed by Alabama’s Republican governor last month that banned gender transitioning for minors took effect over the weekend.
According to The Daily Wire, Gov. Kay Ivey (R) issued a statement after signing the bill in which she said that “if the Good Lord made you a boy, you are a boy, and if he made you a girl, you are a girl.”
“We should especially protect our children from these radical, life-altering drugs and surgeries when they are at such a vulnerable stage in life,” the governor went on to add.
The legislation was sponsored by Republican state Rep. Wes Allen, and he told AL.com that it was needed to safeguard children.
“It’s about protecting these minors,” Allen was quoted as saying. “And it’s not about adults, but it’s about those minors. Their minds are not fully developed to make these decisions on these medications and surgeries.”
The law makes it an offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison to provide anyone under 19 year of age with hormone treatments, transition surgery, or puberty blockers.
However, not everyone is happy about the new law, with Reuters reporting on Monday that it is being challenged in federal court by the Biden administration, as well as two doctors, a church minister, and four transgender individuals.
They argue that state lawmakers have run afoul of the equal protection clause laid out in the Constitution’s 14th Amendment.
Also joining the case are the Human Rights Campaign and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, both of whom contend that the Alabama law will cause “immediate and irreparable” harm.
Similar legislation vetoed
Alabama is not the first state to put forward a ban on transitioning minors, with legislators in Arkansas passing a similar bill last year.
Yet, Fox News reported that Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson vetoed the legislation, calling it “overbroad” and “extreme.”
That move brought criticism from former President Donald Trump, who released a statement in which he complained, “Asa Hutchinson, the lightweight RINO Governor of Arkansas, just vetoed a Bill that banned the CHEMICAL CASTRATION OF CHILDREN.”