The Alabama state senate took a huge step forward in protecting trans kids from reckless therapies and surgeries.
The Alabama state senate voted this week to make giving kids puberty-blockers, hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery a felony.
Senators voted 23-4 to approve the bill, which is called the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act. CBS reported that “the bill now heads to the state House of Representatives, which has already approved a companion bill.”
“Children aren’t mature enough to make these decisions on surgeries and drugs,” Senator Shay Shelnutt said. “The whole point is to protect kids.”
Biden nominee refuses to answer my question about whether the government should override a parent’s consent to allow a minor to receive puberty blockers or surgical amputation of breasts or genitalia. https://t.co/XiWTfQFE89
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) February 25, 2021
Progressives and activists were apparently outraged by the bill, criticizing it for restricting the rights of citizens. In response, Senator Shelnutt pointed out that the state also bans minors from other substances, like alcohol and tobacco.
Senator Rand Paul also recently grilled transgender Dr. Rachel Levine during Levine’s confirmation hearing to be assistant Health and Human Services secretary. He cited the American College of Pediatricians, saying that “80 to 95 percent of pre-pubertal children with gender dysphoria will experience resolution by late adolescence if not exposed to medical intervention and social affirmation.”
As many people – including Senator Rand Paul and psychologist Dr. Debra Soh – have pointed out, letting young children make decisions about their gender can have serious physical and psychological consequences. Progressives apparently want to ignore this fact simply for the sake of “inclusion” and “equality.”
Alabama is taking a major, important step in protecting the well-being of children, including those already suffering from gender dysmorphia. Other states should follow their lead and prevent the radical left from enacting dangerous policies.