A new Alabama law that is considered the strictest anti-transgender rights measure in the country is being challenged in court.

The measure, signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey (R) last month, makes it illegal for doctors to provide gender-affirming care to anyone under age 19. Medical professionals who violate the law could face 10 years in prison.

Ivey cited religion in a statement defending the law.

“There are very real challenges facing our young people, especially with today’s societal pressures and modern culture,” she said. “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.”

The law faces two legal challenges, one filed by two families, and another filed by physicians.

 

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