Last year, a federal judge found that a similar law in Arkansas “would cause irreparable harm” because it blocked its implementation. The Arkansas law, known as the “Saving Teens From Experiment Act,” was passed by lawmakers after overriding a veto from Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson, who asserted that the legislation “puts extremely vulnerable residents in an even more difficult position.”
Still, elected officials in conservative states have pursued a raft of drastic measures this year aimed not only at limiting transgender youth’s access to medical care, but also to punish parents and medical professionals who help them with the transition.
In Idaho, lawmakers have introduced legislation that would amend the state’s genital mutilation law to make it a crime punishable by life imprisonment for providing gender affirming care or helping a child leave the state to obtain it.
In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott told state agencies that medical care aiding a child’s transmission should be considered abuse and investigated as such. The matter was halted by a state court, but the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that investigations into child abuse in connection with transitional care can continue.
These measures were part of a broader effort by conservative lawmakers that critics say are aimed at marginalizing the LGBT community.
On the same day Ms. Ivey signed into law Alabama’s Medicare bill, she also approved legislation requiring students to use restrooms and locker rooms for the gender listed on original birth certificates, as well as restrictions on classroom discussions about sex and gender. Orientation – a version of what critics call the “Don’t Say Like Me” scale that has been enacted by other countries.
“I firmly believe that if the good Lord makes you a boy, you are a boy, and if he makes you a girl, you are a girl,” Ms Ivey, a Republican, said in a statement after signing the law. “We must especially protect our children from these extreme life-altering drugs and surgeries when they are in such a vulnerable stage of life.”