The Alabama Senate has passed a bill that would criminalize administering puberty blockers or performing sex change surgery on transgender minors.
What are the details?
According to The Hill, the legislation, dubbed the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, passed the state’s upper chamber in a 23-4 vote Tuesday, and is now headed to the Alabama House of Representatives where it has a good chance of approval. CBS News pointed out that the House “has already approved a companion bill.”
If signed into law, the act would mean medical professionals caught providing treatments to youth under the age of 19 with care for gender transition would face a felony conviction with up to 10 years in jail or a $15,000 fine.
“Children aren’t mature enough to make these decisions on surgeries and drugs,” said Sen. Shay Shelnutt (R), who sponsored the bill, according to the Associated Press. “The whole point is to protect kids.”
As the measure was being considered, demonstrators gathered outside the Alabama statehouse in protest of the bill, including transgender kids and their parents.
“The hormones treatments and blockers do happen,” parent Christ White told CNN. “They are done under careful medical guidance with specialists and psychiatric care as well. So they’re making sure their children are well rounded, getting all the help they need from all angles.”