“It’s Not Safe”: Doctors in Alabama Could Face a Decade Behind Bars if Caught Prescribing Puberty Blockers to Transgender Minors

In a contentious move, the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Alabama’s prohibition against prescribing puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors, highlighting the ongoing debate surrounding transgender healthcare.

What does this mean

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Consequently, any doctor in Alabama caught prescribing these treatments to transgender children could face a decade behind bars. The ban was initially contested after it was introduced by Alabama’s Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act.

Families protested

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A group of families, with transgender children aged 12 to 17, deemed it unconstitutional, asserting it violated equal protection, free speech rights, and infringed on private family medical decisions.

The ban was initially suspended

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While a lower court judge, US District Judge Liles Burke, had suspended the ban, noting the absence of reliable evidence indicating the treatments as “experimental”, the recent appeals court ruling highlights concerns about the drugs’ safety.

Puberty blockers have been used for a long time

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Adding weight to the debate, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved puberty blockers for treating precocious puberty for the past three decades.

Not FDA approved

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Other drugs that help with hormonal imbalances, however, have been prescribed for years. Although they have been given to transgender youths for a while, they have yet to receive federal approval for this specific use.

The drug could lead to side effects, appeal court says

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The appeals court voiced concerns regarding the “uncertainty surrounding their benefits, a recent spike in their usage, and potential irreversible side effects.”

The consequences of the ban

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The implications of such bans have tangible effects on families. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that approximately 89,100 transgender teens, which constitutes nearly 30% of all transgender minors in the US, reside in states with these restrictions. Due to the bans, the average travel time for families seeking treatment has escalated from under an hour to more than five hours.

Some say treatment is safe

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Major medical associations, such as the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, stand in opposition to these bans, insisting that when overseen properly, treatments are safe.

Other states have blocked the ban

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Moreover, federal judges in states like Florida, Indiana, and Kentucky have temporarily blocked similar bans. Yet, a court has upheld a comparable prohibition in Tennessee, signaling that the Supreme Court may eventually be the final arbiter on this issue.

The rest of the world is watching

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International perspectives vary. Concerns over the long-term safety of these drugs have led countries, including the UK and parts of Scandinavia, to limit access for minors.

Birmingham pediatrician, Dr. Morissa Ladinsky, who has treated numerous transgender adolescents, expressed her hopes that Alabama’s decision is a fleeting one, emphasizing the significance of these treatments. “This is safe, effective, and established medical care. There’s no valid reason to ban this care,” she stated.

Parents will suffer

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Leading advocacy groups remain unyielding. In a joint statement, the Southern Poverty Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders, and the Human Rights Campaign said, “Our clients are devastated by this decision.” They stressed the point that parents should hold the authority in these medical choices, not the government.

Many agreed with the ban

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One user said it was time to put kids first, stating, “So glad things are turning around, and the kids health comes first, and not the agenda.”

Another noted, “Leftists are raging insane. There is no reason for anyone, let alone minors, to take any medication that alters their body in this way. “

But some said it wasn’t the court’s decision

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One person commented, “Again, we have a panel of judges who think they’re medical experts, all too willing to take away parental and individual rights and freedoms when it meets their political profile.”

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