Families and Doctors File Lawsuit to Challenge Alabama’s Anti-Trans Health Care Law
“By signing SB 184, Governor Ivey told the kind, loving, and loyal families of Alabama that they could not stay here without depriving their children of the basic medical care they needed,” said Dr. Morissa Ladinsky, one of the plaintiff doctors in the case.
Two lawsuits have been filed in federal court challenging an Alabama law that criminalizes gender-affirming care for trans minors.
The lawsuits were filed Monday by two families who allege the law will harm the health of their transgender children. Joining the families in the lawsuit are two doctors who allege the new law will prevent them from giving patients proper medical care.
“By signing SB 184, Governor Ivey told the kind, loving, and loyal families of Alabama that they could not stay here without depriving their children of the basic medical care they needed,” said Dr. Morissa Ladinsky, one of the plaintiff doctors in the case, in a statement released by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). “She undermined the health and well-being of Alabama’s children and put doctors like me in the horrible position of choosing between ignoring the medical needs of our patients or risking being sent to prison.”
State Governor Kay Ivey signed the law on Friday, along with a second bill which restricted LGBTQ+ content in elementary schools across the state. It is expected to come into force on May 8.
“I believe very strongly that if the Good Lord made you a boy, you’re a boy, and if he made you a girl, you’re a girl,” Ivey said. in a statement made on Fridayadding that children need to be protected “from these life-altering radical drugs and surgeries when they are at such a vulnerable stage of their lives”.
The bill is one of many across the country that limits the rights of trans people, especially minors, and is the third to restrict their access to health care. However, it is the first to criminalize the act of providing gender-affirming care to minors, after a similar bill in Arkansas been blocked by a federal court last year.
While supporters of the bill say they protect children from harmful practices, opponents argue that these bills further stigmatize trans minors while denying them the care they need.
“I know I’m a girl and always have been,” said a 15-year-old whose family is among the complainants. “I didn’t choose to be bullied and discriminated against because I’m transgender. I chose to be proud of who I am.
In the statement, which was posted online by the two Legal Lambda and the ACLU – two of the organizations that represent the plaintiffs – the teenager added: “The possibility of losing access to my medical care because of this law causes me deep anxiety. I wouldn’t feel like myself if this life-saving medicine were criminalized.