The Alabama state legislature has passed a bill that would make it a felony to prescribe or administer puberty blockers or gender transition hormones to individuals younger than 19 — it would also make it a felony to conduct gender reassignment surgeries on individuals in that age range.
The bill also states that teachers and others at public and private schools may not hold back information from a parent related to a child's feelings that their gender identity does not align with their biological sex.
While many Americans would support this type of legislation as a common sense way of protecting children, not everyone shares that view.
The Associated Press reported that Democratic state Rep. Neil Rafferty, who is gay, seemed to struggle to restrain his anger and keep his composure as legislators headed to the vote.
"This is wrong," Rafferty said, according to the AP. "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."
The state legislature has also approved another piece of legislation that would mandate that pubic K-12 schools require people to utilize multiple occupancy bathrooms that align with their biological sex. The measure would also prohibit teaching students about sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through fifth grade.
The pieces of legislation now head to Republican Gov. Kay Ivey.
Liberals around the country have recently been in an uproar over a Florida law that includes a provision that prohibits teaching students about sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade.
Florida state Rep. Randy Fine (R) has said that in the next session he plans to push legislation to outlaw the provision of gender reassignment surgery and drugs to minors.
"I've had enough of this nonsense. Next session, I will help shepherd legislation to make it illegal to provide drugs or surgery to a minor for the purpose of alleged 'gender assignment.' The legislation will make it felony child abuse punishable by prison and loss of medical license," Fine noted on social media.
"If an adult wants to self-mutilate their body in pursuit of the fiction that they can defy both G-d and science, more power to them -- so long as they don't expect me to pay for it. But no child should be put in the position of making fundamentally life-altering decisions before they are of the age of majority," Fine declared.