Alabama passes bill to ban puberty blockers from being given to minors

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The until-recently-hidden campaign to turn children against their families and then into homosexuals continues to exposed in the United States, and is being met with vigorous pushback.

Alabama lawmakers passed a bill on April 7 outlawing what is euphemistically termed “gender-affirming medical care” – that is, hormone treatments, puberty blockers and actual genital mutilation – for children who think they need it and parents who go along with such abuse.

The measure also forces teachers to inform parents if a “minor’s perception of his or her gender or sex is inconsistent with the minor’s sex.”

Alabama’s House voted 66-28 in favor of the legislation, which would make it a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison for a doctor to prescribe puberty blockers or hormones or perform surgery to facilitate the “gender transition” of someone under 19. The bill now goes to Republican Governor Kay Ivey for her signature. Ivey has not said whether she will sign it or side with gay and transgender activists, as many governors have against their states’ citizens.

Alabama is following the lead of other states such as Florida and Texas, which have moved on similar measures in recent weeks.

The only openly gay member of the Alabama Legislature, Rep. Neil Rafferty, exploded as lawmakers headed to vote. “This is wrong,” Rafferty said of irreversibly altering children’s bodies before they can even vote or drink. “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.”

Rafferty’s reasoning was not clear, nor was any philosophy of good and responsible parenting that leaves children’s bodies and body chemistry natural and intact.

Republican Rep. Wes Allen of Troy, a sponsor of the House version of the bill, argued on the same day that “trans” children are not old enough to make decisions about gender-affirming medication. “Their brains are not developed to make the decisions long term about what these medications and surgeries do to their body,” Allen said.

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