New Alabama law criminalizes puberty blockers and sex-change surgery for kids with stiff penalties

On Thursday, lawmakers in Alabama passed a bill that bans the use of controversial hormone treatments, gender-reassignment surgeries, and puberty blockers for children.

The legislation was passed in Alabama’s House of Representatives in a 66-28 vote, and it promises to be one of the most comprehensive defensive measures in the country against the onslaught of leftist sexual ideology, which has increasingly been targeting ever-younger age categories of children.

The bill would make it a felony for doctors to prescribe and administer puberty blockers and hormones, or perform sex-change surgery, on minors under the age of 19. The penalty is ten years in prison.

The legislation also includes a provision in which teachers are required to inform parents if “a minor’s perception of his or her gender or sex is inconsistent with the minor’s sex.”

“This is wrong,” declared Rep. Neil Rafferty, Alabama’s only openly gay lawmaker. “Y’all sit there and campaign on family being the foundation of our nation…but what this bill is doing is totally undermining that. It’s totally undermining family rights, health rights and access to health care.”

It’s not the only measure Alabama has taken to combat the latest groomer initiatives. The state’s senate also voted 26-5 to pass legislation that confirms K-12 students are only allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms that comport with their actual gender, as identified on their birth certificate, rather than whatever gender they may currently identify with.

Senate Republicans also chose to one-up Florida’s Parental Rights in Education measure by tacking on an amendment to “prohibit classroom instruction or discussion on sexual orientation or gender identity” for K-5 students. Florida’s recently-passed legislation, widely considered the model for such efforts, only goes as far as the third grade.

“We don’t think it’s appropriate to talk about homosexuality and gender identity in schools, they should be learning about math,” said Shay Shelnutt, the Alabama state senator who introduced the amendment.

The Alabama bill is merely the latest in a series of initiatives undertaken by red state legislatures to counter the sudden and alarming spread of left-wing transgender sexual ideology. Once a fringe belief, dismissed by many as a mental disorder, transgenderism has increasingly infiltrated grade school classrooms, often under the guise of healthcare.

But the red-state counteroffensive has evidently touched a nerve. Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill was ferociously opposed by left-wing activists, who labeled it the “Don’t Say Gay” bill and falsely claimed it forbade all discussion of homosexuality in Florida schools. Meanwhile, Disney—perhaps unwisely—decided to wade into the controversy, after accusations of demonstrating insufficient opposition to the bill’s passage.

“Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts,” the company said in a statement on Florida governor Ron DeSantis’ signing of the bill, “and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that. We are dedicated to standing up for the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney family, as well as the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country.”

So the battle lines are drawn, the fight continues, and some of the most powerful and influential players have joined the fray. As for the Alabama legislation—it heads now to the desk of Republican Governor Kay Ivey, who has not yet indicated whether she will sign the bill into law.


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