Alabama is routinely held up for ridicule by “open-minded” and “tolerant” leftists as a hotbed of conservative Southern backwardness, yet it is currently the state that is moving to protect young children from the fad of chemical and physical gender alteration.
The Alabama House Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Feb.17 over legislation that would make it a felony for doctors to give puberty blockers or hormone therapy to, or perform surgery on, children who think they wish to deny their birth gender, The Associated Press reported.
Offered by Republican Rep. Wes Allen, the “Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act” argues that there is not enough research to show that puberty blockers, hormone therapy or surgery are safe or effective.
The bill also points to studies that have shown that “pre-pubescent children who claim a gender identity different from their biological sex will ultimately identify with their biological sex by young adulthood or sooner when supported through their natural puberty.”
The bill says that if puberty blockers are given and a child changes their mind, they have already been unalterably changed.
Opponents of the bill have argued the decision should be among the child, parents and doctors, taking the opinion and feelings of a child to be sound basis for irreversible physical damage to the body.
Bill supporters say a person should have to be a legal adult to opt for gender-changing medical procedures.
If the bill is passed, it would also become a Class C felony for school employees to tell a child to keep transgenderism a secret from the child’s parents.