Ala. bill banning treatments for transgender kids passes Senate committee

Ala. bill banning treatments for transgender kids passes Senate committee
Alabama is one of at least eight states where conservative lawmakers are pushing measures to limit doctors' treatment options for transgender youth. (Source: WBRC Fox6 News)

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 Pres 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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