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Alabama Senate votes to make hormone therapy and surgery for trans youth a felony

Under a new law, transgender minors in Alabama could not be treated with puberty-blockers, hormone therapy or surgery. Last week, the Alabama Senate voted to make the treatment a felony. Senators voted 23-4 to approve the measure, dubbed the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act. The bill now heads to the state House of Representatives, which has already approved a companion bill.

The two bills would make it a felony for medical professionals to treat transgender minors under the age of 19 with gender-affirming care. Violators could face up to 10 years in prison or a $15,000 fine. Read the full article here.

Transgender and gender diverse children might choose to temporarily suppress puberty through the use of these prescription medications—also known as hormone blockers. Use of these blockers doesn't cause permanent changes in an adolescent's body. Instead, it pauses puberty, providing time to determine if a child's gender identity is long lasting. It also gives children and their families time to think about or plan for the psychological, medical, developmental, social and legal issues ahead. You can find more information in the article linked here.

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