Alabama Allowed To Enforce Ban On Puberty Blockers

( – A federal appeals court just ruled that Alabama will be allowed to enforce its new legislation banning transgender procedures for minors in their state.

After the “Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act” was passed, parents in Alabama with children who identify as transgender sued the state. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled there was no demonstrable constitutional right permitting transgender procedures to be administered to minors. Such treatments include hormones, puberty blockers, and surgical alterations of the body to match the opposite gender.

According to Judge Barbara Lagoa, no evidence was presented by the plaintiffs that there is “any authority” supporting “the existence of a constitutional right” for parents to treat a child “with transitioning medications” that meet “accepted standards” in medical practice. Lagoa also said in her statement that because there is no “constitutional mandate to the contrary,” the “types of issues” regarding transgender procedures for minors are the sort that the “government reserves to legislative… action” rather than judicial.

Lagoa, who serves as circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, was appointed by former President Donald Trump. She was also one of the finalists considered to succeed the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg after her death as a Supreme Court associate justice, but the position went to Amy Coney Barrett instead.

Over 20 states so far have passed legislation banning transgender procedures, which those who support call “gender-affirming care,” including Florida, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.

Although the issue is a hotly contested one in American politics right now and a major dividing line between Republicans and Democrats, it was not brought up amongst the GOP candidates on Wednesday during the first Republican primary debate.

This was pointed out by an activist non-profit organization called Gays Against Groomers, which is composed of gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals who oppose gender ideology being taught to children and allowing transgender procedures for minors. In a statement on Twitter, the group condemned the absence of the subject during the debate.

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