Ala. bill banning treatments for transgender kids passes Senate committee

Updated: Feb. 10, 2021 at 10:44 AM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A bill prohibiting minors from receiving gender change treatments passed an Alabama Senate committee on Wednesday.

The bill would not allow a minor to take medication or have a procedure done to change their gender.

The Associated Press reports that the bill that would make it a felony for doctors to treat transgender youth with hormonal therapy, puberty blockers and surgery to help their transition.

Supporters say minors are not ready to make decisions like these at a young age.

Opponents say the decision should be between parents, the minor and a doctor.

The bill passed the Senate Health Committee 11-2 and now moves to the full Senate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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