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Lawsuits seeking to overturn new Alabama transgender law dropped, could be refiled

Two lawsuits were filed against the state of Alabama after GOP Gov. Kay Ivey signed key bills into law that placed restrictions on treatments and services available in the healthcare industry to transgender youth.

Those suits have been voluntarily dropped by the plaintiffs, although they, or similar ones, could very likely be refiled.

On Saturday, a lawyer representing one of the plaintiff families said that the suit would quickly be brought back to life. Attorney based in Birmingham Melody Eagan is representing teens who are going by the pseudonyms Mary Roe and Jane Doe in the case.

“We do plan to refile imminently, to challenge this law that criminalizes medical treatment accepted as the standard of care in the medical profession and deprives parents of their right to choose such medical care for their children,” said Eagan in an email communication to AL.com.

The suits were both filed at the federal level on Monday by families with transgender teens, and both families filed notices to drop the cases on Friday. Those notices gave no specific reason for why they were looking to have the suits dropped, but both notices of “voluntary dismissal” were “without prejudice,” meaning they could each be filed again.

The purpose of the suits was to overturn a law that makes it a felony charge for doctors to give puberty blockers to individuals younger than the age of 20 who identify as being transgender. The bill was passed by the state Legislature on the last day of the session, and Ivey signed the bill into law soon afterwards.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall released a statement on Saturday noting that the banned medical treatments are to protect those seeking or those who may seek them out.

“On April 8. 2022, Alabama enacted the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act to protect children from experimental medical interventions that have no proven benefits and carry with them substantial risk of long-term, irreversible harm,” Marshall said.

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: DAILY ADVENT

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