Federal judge issues order against Alabama law criminalizing gender-affirming care for minors

A federal judge in Alabama issued a preliminary injunction Friday to block most provisions of a controversial new state law that criminalizes gender-affirming health care for minors.

Citing legal precedents, the ruling noted that “a parent’s right to ‘make decisions about the care, custody and control of their children’ is one of the ‘oldest fundamental interests of liberty’ identified by the Supreme Court. be recognized.”

State arguments fainted. For example, defendants have failed to provide “credible evidence to show that temporary drugs are ‘experimental’,” as alleged, Burke noted. The state’s justifications for the law are “hypothesized, not extremely convincing,” the judge added.

Burke issued the injunction after concluding that the “imminent threat of harm to the parental and minor claimants – that is, serious physical and/or psychological harm” while the case is being argued “outweighs the harm the state will suffer by the order.”

The judge did allow several other provisions of the law to remain in effect, including a ban on gender-affirming surgeries for minors.

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