This bill would deny gender-affirming medical care by a physician and criminalize such care from providers, including counselors. It also includes a range of criminal penalties.
This bill was introduced by Rep. Allen on February 20, 2020. It was assigned to the House Health Committee, where it was favorably passed out of committee with an amendment on February 27, 2020. This amendment removes language in from the initial bill to clarify that the bill would prohibit a:
- principal, or
- other administrative official at a public or private school attended by a minor
from withholding from a minor's parent or legal guardian information related to a minor's perception that "his or her gender or sex is inconsistent with his or her sex". This bill has been sent to the Alabama House floor and is now pending House floor action.
ACLU of Alabama Comment
“Transgender girls are girls, and transgender boys are boys. Alabama lawmakers are considering legislation that runs counter to medical science, prevailing standards for the treatment of transgender youth and basic human dignity. The government shouldn’t threaten medical providers with jail for treating transgender kids and schools shouldn’t discriminate against them when it comes to participation in school sports. HB303 and HB35 are dangerous, discriminatory and put kids at risk.”
- 2/28/2020 - ACLU of Alabama condemns bill banning transgender treatment for minors [Alabama Political Reporter]
- 2/21/2019 - Lawmaker files bill to ban treatments for transgender kids [Alabama Political Reporter]