The Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday (March 2) that would prohibit the provision of gender reassignment services to minors. If a medical facility provides sex reassignment treatment to minors, they would face a felony.
The bill, called the “Compassion and Protection for Vulnerable Children Act,” prohibits the use of puberty blocking drugs, hormone therapy or sex reassignment surgery on minors. If the doctor violates the bill, he or she could face up to 10 years in prison or a $15,000 fine.
The bill was introduced by Republican state Sen. Shay Shelnutt. “Children are not mature enough to make these decisions about surgery and drugs,” he said. “The bill considers the need to protect children.” He also suggested that “a better approach for children with gender anxiety would be to provide them with counseling.”
But leftists claim that the bill would somehow “hurt” transgender children.
Alabama is not the only state considering legislation to ban sex-change treatment for minors, as seven other states have similar bills on the table.
Last month, Florida Rep. Sabatini introduced a “Protect Girls in Sports Act. The bill would criminalize sex-change treatment and prevent transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports at school.