Trump-appointed US District Judge Liles Burke on Friday blocked part of Alabama’s anti-transgender mania law by insisting that parents have a “fundamental right” to drug their children with puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, which he called “medications” that are “well-established, evidence-based treatments for gender dysphoria in minors.”
The law, signed by Alabama governor Kay Ivey in April, also designates the prescribing of puberty blockers or hormones treatments to minors as a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison. Under state law, a minor is defined as any resident under 19 years old.
U.S. District Judge Liles Burke ruled on Friday to allow the prohibition on gender-transition surgeries to remain in effect but granted a temporary injunction to block the sections of the law banning prescription of puberty blockers and hormone medication, in response to a lawsuit.
Parents “have a fundamental right to direct the medical care of their children,” Burke wrote in his opinion. “This right includes the more specific right to treat their children with transitioning medications subject to medically accepted standards.”
Burke explained that “the uncontradicted record evidence is that at least twenty-two major medical associations in the United States endorse transitioning medications as well-established, evidence-based treatments for gender dysphoria in minors.”
Burke allowed another part of the law to remain in place, which bars teachers and other school officials from concealing a student’s transgender status from his or her parents.
This is the epitome of True Conservatism™.
All that’s missing is Burke celebrating drugging kids as “one of the blessings of liberty.”
Some groups view smoking weed as medicine. The same goes for magic mushrooms. Do parents have the “fundamental right” to drug their kids with those drugs, too?
The side effects of pot and magic mushrooms are far less than the permanent damage that can come from puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.
The “major medical associations” endorsing trans-mania are run by leftist quacks and it’s the job of the government to keep their lunacy in check.
Instead, TruCon judges like Liles Burke, Neil Gorsuch and John Roberts are running with it and inventing new “fundamental rights” to justify child abuse.