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.”
BREAKING: 11th Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down preliminary injunction against Alabama’s ban on puberty blockers and cross sex hormone treatments for gender identity for minors, finding that the law is subject only to “rational basis review” https://t.co/psV3Ggzd8Q pic.twitter.com/9mCwn5i2DF
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