Transgender medication law in Alabama blocked by judge


              FILE - In a photo provided by Jeff Walker, 15-year-old Harleigh Walker of Auburn, Ala., is seen during a family vacation. Harleigh Walker spent the spring break trying to persuade members of the state House and Senate to reject legislation banning gender-affirming medications for transgender kids like her under 19. A federal judge on Friday, May 13, 2022, has blocked part of an Alabama law that makes it a felony to give gender-affirming puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors. (Jeff Walker via AP)
            
              FILE - In a photo provided by Jeff Walker, he and his daughter Harleigh of Auburn, Ala., stand outside the White House on March 31, 2022, in Washington, where they were guests for Transgender Day of Visibility. Ninth grader Harleigh Walker, 15, spent her spring break trying unsuccessfully to persuade members of the state House and Senate to reject legislation banning gender-affirming medications for transgender kids like her under 19. A federal judge on Friday, May 13, 2022,  has blocked part of an Alabama law that makes it a felony to give gender-affirming puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors. (Courtesy of Jeff Walker via AP)
            
              FILE - Dr. Morissa Ladinsky, a University of Alabama at Birmingham professor who treats patients with gender issues, speaks during an interview in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. A federal judge on Friday, May 13,  blocked part of an Alabama law that made it a felony to prescribe gender-affirming puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors. U.S. District Judge Liles Burke issued a preliminary injunction to stop the state from enforcing the medication ban, which took effect May 8, while a lawsuit goes forward. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves, FILE)
            
              FILE - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey holds a sit down interview with reporters in the Governor's office at the Alabama State Capitol Building in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021.  A federal judge on Friday, May 13, 2022 blocked part of an Alabama law that made it a felony to prescribe gender-affirming puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors. U.S. District Judge Liles Burke issued a preliminary injunction to stop the state from enforcing the medication ban, which took effect May 8, while a lawsuit goes forward.(Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, File)
            
              FILE - Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall speaks during a news conference June 3, 2021, in Montgomery, Ala. A federal judge on Friday, May 13, blocked part of an Alabama law that makes it a felony to prescribe gender-affirming puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors. The state attorney general’s office insists the law is constitutional and says it’s aimed at protecting children. “The science and common sense are on Alabama’s side. We will win this fight to protect our children,” Marshall said recently.(Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, File)
Transgender medication law in Alabama blocked by judge