By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Families with transgender teens
sued the state of Alabama in federal court Monday to overturn a law that makes it a crime
for doctors to treat trans youth under the age of 19 with puberty blockers or hormones to help affirm their gender identity.
The two lawsuits, one on behalf of two families and one on behalf of two families and the doctors treating their children, pose legal challenges to legislation signed into law Friday by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey.
“Transgender youth are a part of Alabama and deserve the same privacy, access to treatment and data-driven health care from trained medical professionals as any other Alabama resident,” Tish Gotell Faulks, General Counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama . Faulks said in a statement that lawmakers are using children as “political pawns for their re-election campaigns.” Ivey and lawmakers face primaries next month.
Unless the court blocks it, the Alabama law will go into effect on May 8, making it a felony for a doctor to prescribe puberty blockers or hormones to aid in the gender transition of anyone under the age of 19. years. Violations are punishable by up to 10 years in prison. It also bans gender transition surgeries, though doctors told lawmakers they are not performed on minors in Alabama.