On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki fired a warning shot at GOP-led states pursuing LGBTQ legislation, especially Alabama. From the Brady Press Briefing Room, she admonished the Yellowhammer State for “target[ing] trans youth with tactics that threaten to put pediatricians in prison if they provide medically necessary, lifesaving healthcare…”
The bill makes prescribing gender-affirming treatments a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. It also prohibits gender transition surgeries for people under 19, although those operations are typically performed on adults.
Despite potentially severe repercussions, Ivey remains undeterred, as The Hill reports:
“There are very real challenges facing our young people, especially with today’s societal pressures and modern culture,” Ivey said Friday in a statement. “I believe very strongly that if the Good Lord made you a boy, you are a boy, and if he made you a girl, you are a girl.”
“We should especially protect our children from these radical, life-altering drugs and surgeries when they are at such a vulnerable stage in life,” Ivey said.
Alabama lawmakers had sent the measure to Ivey’s desk on Thursday – an action that was immediately met with a warning from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Lambda Legal, the Transgender Law Center and the law firm Cooley LLP threatening to sue the state should the bill be signed into law.
“If the state moves forward in passing this unconstitutional bill, we’ll see them in court,” Kaitlin Welborn, staff attorney for the ACLU of Alabama, said Thursday.