Alabama doctors stop giving transgender drugs to kids after new ban takes effect by Raymond Wolfe for Life Site News
‘If the Good Lord made you a boy, you’re a boy. If He made you a girl, you’re a girl.’
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (LifeSiteNews) – A new ban on “gender transitions” for children took effect in Alabama on Sunday, prompting medical providers across the state to stop prescribing experimental transgender drugs to kids.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey last month signed the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act (VCCPA), which outlaws “prescribing or administering” hormones and puberty blockers to gender-confused minors under age 19.
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The law also bans sterilizing “sex change” surgeries and other procedures to remove “healthy or non-diseased body part[s] or tissue” of a child. People who violate the measure can face felony charges and up to 10 years in prison.
“If the Good Lord made you a boy, you’re a boy. If He made you a girl, you’re a girl,” Gov. Ivey tweeted Monday. “It’s Alabama common sense.”
If the Good Lord made you a boy, you’re a boy. If He made you a girl, you’re a girl. It’s Alabama common sense. #alpolitics https://t.co/07eraX6yqI
— Kay Ivey (@kayiveyforgov) May 9, 2022
After the law came into force, Children’s of Alabama, the state’s top children’s hospital, told AL.com that it will cease providing hormone drugs to minors. “Patients who are affected by the Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act have been made aware of the impact of the law,” said the hospital, which includes a “gender clinic.”
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital, which also houses a gender clinic, likewise affirmed that it will “comply with the law.”
In the last two weeks, the UAB gender clinic has contacted “about 100 recent patients” to get them prescriptions to keep using puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones into next year, though some pharmacies have reportedly declined to fill them, according to AL.com.