(PresidentialWire.com)- The Biden administration, along with several leftwing legal groups will be fighting against Republican states that have enacted laws prohibiting children from undergoing transgender hormone treatments.
In March, the Justice Department warned state attorneys general that enforcing transgender hormone treatment bans for minors may violate federal anti-discrimination laws. Alabama became the third state to ban the use of hormone therapy and puberty blockers on children after Governor Kay Ivey signed the bill into law last week.
Groups like the ACLU have vowed to “use the full force of the law” to challenge the recently enacted Alabama law.
In a recent White House briefing, press secretary Jen Psaki attacked the Alabama law as well, claiming the state was barring children from “lifesaving healthcare.”
Alabama attorney general, Republican Steve Marshall, said the state was prepared to stand up to the pushback from the White House and leftwing groups which he described as “predictable and of very little interest to Alabamians.”
Last year, Arkansas became the first state to ban the practice. However, after a legal challenge by the ACLU, a federal court blocked the Arkansas law.
The ACLU, along with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Human Rights Campaign, also vowed to challenge the similar law passed in Arizona earlier this year.
In March, the Biden administration endorsed “gender-affirming care” for children, including hormone therapy, and sex-reassignment surgery. The Administration argues that irreversibly mutilating a child’s body is “crucial” to their well-being.
Thus far, the Department of Justice has not said whether it will join the leftwing groups challenging the Alabama and Arizona laws in court.
The Biden administration might be going all-in on the chemical and surgical mutilation of children, but among the public, giving minors puberty blockers is not popular. Only 12 percent of Republicans and 24 percent of Independents support the practice. Even among Democrats, only 49 percent support it.
So far, lawmakers in 19 states have introduced legislation to ban hormone treatment for minors, three of which, Alabama, Arizona, and Tennessee, have been signed into law.