Mere days after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation that makes it felony to prescribe or administer puberty blockers and gender transition hormones to individuals younger than 19, the commonsense bill — which also makes it a felony to conduct gender reassignment surgeries on people in that age bracket — is already facing a legal challenge. The law is slated to take take effect next month.
The suit is being lodged by two physicians, along with two parents who are each waging the suit for themselves and on behalf of their respective transgender kids. One of the parents has a 17-year-old transgender boy, while the other has a 13-year-old transgender girl — a transgender boy is biological female who identifies as a boy, while a transgender girl is a biological male who identifies as a girl.
"The plaintiffs are represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the Human Rights Campaign with King & Spalding LLP and Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC," according to the Human Rights Campaign, which is a pro-LGBTQ advocacy group.
The suit warns that if the 13-year-old kid, referred to as "Mary Roe" in the filing, is forced to stop taking puberty blockers, the child will descend into an abyss of angst.
"For Mary to be forced to go through male puberty would be devastating; it would predictably result in her experiencing isolation, depression, anxiety, and distress. Mary’s parents are also concerned that without access to the puberty-blocking medication she needs, Mary would resort to self-harm as a means of coping with her psychological distress or even attempt suicide," the suit declares.
The swift legal challenge highlights the deep cultural divide in the U.S., as some Americans support protecting kids from leftist gender ideology while others promote the radical concepts.
"By signing SB 184 Governor Ivey has told kind, loving, and loyal Alabama families that they cannot stay here without denying their children the basic medical care they need," said Dr. Morissa Ladinsky, who is one of the plaintiffs, according to the Human Rights Campaign's press release. "She has undermined the health and well-being of Alabama children and put doctors like me in the horrifying position of choosing between ignoring the medical needs of our patients or risking being sent to prison."
"I believe very strongly that if the Good Lord made you a boy, you are a boy, and if he made you a girl, you are a girl," Gov. Ivey, a Republican, noted in a statement last week. "We should especially protect our children from these radical, life-altering drugs and surgeries when they are at such a vulnerable stage in life. Instead, let us all focus on helping them to properly develop into the adults God intended them to be."