The Alabama legislature passed a bill that makes it a felony crime to administer puberty blockers or gender hormones to anyone under the age of 19. The felony applies to gender reassignment surgery for anyone in this age block as well.
The bill mimics Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Bill by forbidding teachers to withhold information from parents about their children’s feelings that their gender does not match their biological sex. This applies to both public and private schools.
The legislature also approved additional legislation that would stop teachers from teaching about gender identity or sexual orientation in K-5th grade. In addition, all public K-12 schools would require people to use restrooms that match their biological sex in multi-stall bathrooms.
The legislation is now headed to Governor Kay Ivey’s desk to be signed and approved.
Florida Rep, Andy Fine has stated that he will push to outlaw gender reassignment surgeries and gender drugs to minors in the next legislative session. He said:
“If an adult wants to self-mutilate their body in pursuit of the fiction that they can defy both G-d and science, more power to them — so long as they don’t expect me to pay for it. But no child should be put in the position of making fundamentally life-altering decisions before they are of the age of majority.”