By Jonathon Van Maren
As the Equality Act heads to the Senate, Alabama state senators have taken matters into their own hands and passed the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act by a whopping 23 to 4 margin on Tuesday, March 2. The bill is an attempt to halt the transgender craze sweeping through America’s youth by functionally banning “transition” — puberty blockers, so-called “hormone therapy,” and sex change surgeries for people under age 19. The legislation now heads to the Alabama House of Representatives. According to CBS News, those caught breaking the law could face ten years in prison or fines up to $15,000.
The Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act would also require teachers and other school staff to inform parents of “a minor’s perception that his or her gender is inconsistent with his or her sex.” In her recent book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, Abigail Shrier details many examples of children pursing transition without their parents’ knowledge or consent, assisted by school staff who in many cases work to actively conceal what is taking place from parents. Many parents of children who identify as transgender have reported being appalled and heartbroken to discover that their children have been encouraged by activist educators.
State Senator Shay Shelnutt, a Republican and sponsor of the bill, told The Associated Press that the law is necessary to protect children. “Children aren’t mature enough to make these decisions on surgeries and drugs,” he explained. “The whole point is to protect kids.” It bears mentioning that it is illegal for minors to purchase tobacco products or alcohol in Alabama before the age of 21. The long-lasting effects of transition and hormone therapy, which are not yet fully understood by experts and medical professionals, can have permanent physical effects (such as infertility) on young people before the state permits them to order a beer.