Alabama has banned abortion and “gender-affirming care” for minors.
“Over the last few years, multiple GOP-controlled state legislatures have advanced bills that would strip access for children and teens to undergo a gender transition. These pieces of legislation have largely been framed by their sponsors as efforts to protect children from “groomers,” pedophiles and doctors intent on doing irreversible harm to their bodies. Though the bills are focused on minors, they have also created fear and uncertainty among trans adults about whether their care, too, could soon be threatened, since many of the sponsors have rejected the idea that people’s gender identity can be anything other than the sex assigned at birth.
Arkansas, Arizona and Alabama have passed laws limiting or outright banning gender-affirming care for minors, while states including Texas and Florida are using executive actions to pursue similar goals. The Arkansas, Texas and Alabama measures have been blocked or partly blocked in court while legal battles continue. Advocates have also vowed to challenge Arizona’s less sweeping law.
Tennessee has a much narrower state law, enacted in 2021, which bars hormonal treatment for “prepubertal minors.” But since young children generally don’t receive that care, experts said, it doesn’t actually have an impact — although some lawmakers have pushed for more comprehensive legislation blocking gender-affirming care …
“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,” Alabama’s Republican Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement when she signed her state’s ban on care into law.
At least 15 other state legislatures are considering proposals for similar restrictions. At the federal level, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has introduced the “Protect Children’s Innocence Act” which would ban federal funding for health plans that cover gender-affirming treatment, prohibit U.S. academia from training doctors in how to provide such care and make it a felony for a doctor to give such care to a minor. It has 49 co-sponsors. It has not yet been heard in the House, but that could change as Republicans take control in that chamber next year. …”
I agree with Gov. Kay Ivey
White Christian Nationalism is strong in my state. I’m not some “extremist” weirdo. Most people here are delighted that we banned it. Obviously, we need to go further and we have the power here to do so.
As I noted earlier this month, most Southern states have Republican trifectas in state governments. Many of those states now have supermajorities like Florida or near supermajorities like North Carolina. Republican-controlled state governments in the South have been wielding power to tackle a wide range of cultural issues from “trans” to abortion to immigration to censorship to BLM riots which are blocked in Congress. These state laws are being challenged in federal court. This is how we got the Dobbs decision which ended Roe and allowed Southern states to ban and restrict abortion.
Note: I decided to vote in the midterms because I really didn’t have any reason to be angry with the Alabama Republicans. The national party is the problem.