May 2022 Church & State Magazine

Ala. Law Targets Transgender Medical Care

  Ala. Law Targets Transgender Medical Care

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.

 

An American Original

Is the separation of church and state in the Constitution?

Absolutely. The separation of church and state is baked into our founding documents and our system of government.

The “wall of separation between church and state” is an American original. It’s an American invention. We should be proud of that fact. And we should fight any disinformation that threatens this ideal.

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