May 14, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Judge blocks part of Alabama law banning gender-affirming care for minors

People demonstrating outside the Alabama State House in March 2021.
People demonstrate outside the Alabama State House in March 2021. Photo: Julie Bennett/Getty Images

A federal judge blocked part of Alabama's new law that bans gender-affirming care for minors and makes it a felony for medical professionals to perform such medical treatments.

Why it matters: U.S. District Judge Liles Burke issued an injunction to allow challenges against the law to go forward, including the Department of Justice's complaint, which was filed last month.

  • The injunction prevents the state from enforcing the law and lifts the ban against gender-affirming medical care, which took effect May 8.

What they're saying: Burke ruled that the state produced "no credible evidence to show that transitioning medications are 'experimental.'"

  • "While Defendants offer some evidence that transitioning medications pose certain risks, the uncontradicted record evidence is that at least twenty-two major medical associations in the United States endorse transitioning medications as well-established, evidence-based treatments for gender dysphoria in minors," Burke wrote.
  • He left in place part of the law that prohibits school officials from keeping certain gender-identity information of children secret from their parents.

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