Alabama Senate votes to ban trans hormone therapy or surgery for kids

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Protestors in support of transgender rights march around the Alabama State House in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (Jake Crandall//The Montgomery Advertiser via AP

In a move that would have seemed outrageously unnecessary only a few years ago, Alabama lawmakers have moved to protect children from adults who would give them special drug treatments and surgeries to forever “alter” their gender at birth.

The fad of transgenderism makes the move necessary. It’s when adults tell kids that if they don’t feel “comfortable” with their birth gender than they can change it, as opposed to learning to live happily with it.

A bill approved on March 2 by the Alabama Senate forbids youth in Alabama from being treated with puberty blockers, hormones or surgery.

Some parents and transgender youths rallied outside the Statehouse in opposition.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Shay Shelnutt passed the Senate by a commanding 23-4. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives where a committee has approved a nearly identical bill.

The bills make it a felony to use drug or surgical gender-change treatments on minors. Violators could face 10 years in prison.

“Children aren’t mature enough to make these decisions on surgeries and drugs. The whole point is to protect kids,” Shelnutt said.

Alabama is one of at least eight states pushing such measures, arguing such irreversible decisions should wait until adulthood. Parents, trans youth and some doctors opposed to the bill argued it is “dangerous” not to make such irreversible decisions and that lawmakers don’t understand that hormonal treatment is a lengthy process.

“This bill masquerades under a save the children umbrella, but the truth is that children who are not gender-conforming, this won’t save them — this is going to endanger them,” said Gerry Paige Smith, who has a daughter who thinks she wants to be a boy, in a telephone interview.

Dr. Morissa Ladinsky, a pediatrician who has treated multiple transgender youths, told a Senate committee earlier that genital surgery is never performed on children, and puberty blockers and hormonal therapy are used only after lengthy informed consent, presumably by physicians who also believe in the ability to change genders.

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