DOJ challenges Alabama law prohibiting gender transition for youth

The U.S. Department of Justice is challenging an Alabama law that would make it a felony to give puberty blockers, gender reassignment surgeries, and gender transition hormones to people younger than 19 years old.

The DOJ is promoting radical leftist gender ideology by claiming that the law is prohibiting “medically necessary care.”

“The United States’ complaint alleges that the new law’s felony ban on providing certain medically necessary care to transgender minors violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. The department is also asking the court to issue an immediate order to prevent the law from going into effect,” the DOJ’s press release noted.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, signed the measure earlier this month, and it is slated to go into effect on May 8.

“S.B. 184 makes it a felony for any person to ‘engage in or cause’ specified types of medical care for transgender minors. S.B. 184 thus discriminates against transgender youth by denying them access to certain forms of medically necessary care,” the press release declares. “S.B. 184 would force parents of transgender minors, medical professionals, and others to choose between forgoing medically necessary procedures and treatments, or facing criminal prosecution. The United States’ complaint alleges that S.B. 184 violates the Equal Protection Clause by discriminating on the basis of sex and transgender status.”

The DOJ’s move comes as Americans remain divided on issues related to radical gender ideology, especially as it pertains to children — many people believe that children should not be exposed to such ideology in school and that kids should not be able to get gender transition hormones and surgeries.

“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,” Ivey said in a statement earlier this month. “We should especially protect our children from these radical, life-altering drugs and surgeries when they are at such a vulnerable stage in life.”



Alex Nitzberg