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Plaintiffs dismiss lawsuits challenging Alabama’s treatment of trans youth law

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Plaintiffs who filed federal lawsuits challenging recently signed Alabama law that makes it a crime for doctors to treat trans youth under 19 with puberty blockers or hormones have dismissed their lawsuits Friday, according to Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall. .

The lawsuits were filed by the parents of two transgender teenagers in Jefferson and Shelby counties. No word yet on why the lawsuits were dismissed.

The new law comes into effect on May 8, 2022. You could face up to 10 years in prison if you violate it.

Attorney General Steve Marshall released the following statement regarding the dismissal of the charges:

“On April 8, 2022, Alabama enacted the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act to protect children from experimental medical interventions that have no proven benefit and carry a substantial risk of long-term irreversible harm,” the prosecutor said. General Marshall. “The law reflects a growing international consensus that children with gender dysphoria should not receive puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgery. Children taking these drugs are at risk of permanent infertility, loss of sexual function, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, bone density problems, risk of impaired brain development, and psychosocial damage due to delayed puberty. Conversely, the majority of children who suffer from dysphoria will resolve it naturally in adulthood, if they are not subjected to the above interventions.

“Alabama’s law was challenged almost immediately by a fleet of activist groups who collectively control billions of dollars. The SPLC, GLAD, NCLR, and Human Rights Campaign, as well as the law firms King & Spalding and Lightfoot, Franklin & White filed suit. The ACLU, Lambda Legal, Transgender Law Center and Cooley LLP launched another, arguing that immediate relief was needed for their clients before the law takes effect next month.

“Despite these requests for immediate judicial intervention, last night the plaintiffs in both cases voluntarily and simultaneously dismissed their lawsuits. I am grateful for the work done by my team in defending this important law and the children it defends.

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