Last year, a federal judge ruled that a similar law in Arkansas would “cause irreparable harm” by preventing its enforcement. Arkansas’ bill, known as the “Save Teens from Experimentation Act,” was passed by lawmakers after overriding a veto by Governor Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, who said the legislation “puts a very vulnerable population in a more difficult position.”
Still, elected officials in conservative states have taken a series of aggressive measures this year aimed not only at limiting transgender youth’s access to medical care, but also penalizing parents and medical professionals who are helping them transition.
In Idaho, lawmakers advanced legislation that would amend the state’s genital mutilation law to make it an offense punishable by life in prison 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 that helps a child transition should be considered abuse and investigated as such. The order had been stalled by a state court, but the Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday that child abuse investigations into transitional care could continue.
These measures are part of a broader effort by conservative lawmakers that critics say aims to marginalize the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.
The same day Ivey signed Alabama’s health care bill, she also passed legislation requiring students to use restrooms and changing rooms for the sex listed on their original birth certificates, as well as limits on classroom discussions. class on gender and sex. guidance – a version of what critics call the “Don’t Say Gay” measure that has been enacted by other states.
“I firmly believe that if the Good Lord made you a boy, you are a boy, and if he made you a girl, you are a girl,” Ivey, a Republican, said in a statement after signing the bill. “We must especially protect our children from these radical and life-altering drugs and surgery when they are at such a vulnerable stage of life.”