Federal court rules Alabama can enforce ban on puberty blockers and hormones for minors

Aug 23, 2023 | Political News

A federal appeals court ruled on Monday that Alabama can enforce a law that bans puberty blockers and hormone therapy to treat children who identify as transgender.

A three-judge panel of the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals removed a judge's temporary injunction against enforcing the law. However, the Associated Press reported that the judge has set a trial date for April 2 to decide whether to permanently block the law.

In lifting the injunction, the judges wrote that states have a “compelling interest in protecting children from drugs, particularly those for which there is uncertainty regarding benefits, recent surges in use, and irreversible effects.”