Federal court hands down game-changing ruling for states’ rights

Judge Lagoa

The federal government has been chipping away at the power of the states. And now it’s reached a tipping point.

Because a federal court has handed down a game-changing ruling for states’ rights.

On Monday this week, a federal circuit court ruled that a judge’s decision to halt Alabama’s prohibition on gender-transition surgeries and hormone therapy for children was erroneous and reinstated the ban.

Alabama’s Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act was at issue in the case. According to Section 4(a)(1)-(3), “no person shall engage in or cause” the prescribing or administration of puberty-blocking medication or cross-s*x hormone treatment to a minor “for the purpose of attempting to alter the appearance of or affirm the minor’s perception of his or her gender or s*x, if that appearance or perception is inconsistent with the minor’s s*x.”

Shortly after the law was passed, a group of so-called transgender adolescents and their parents filed a lawsuit to block it from taking effect. The plaintiffs claimed the law ran afoul of the 14th Amendment’s due process and equal protection guarantees.

Afterward, a district court halted the statute’s pending lawsuit, citing a constitutional right to “treat [one’s] children with transitioning medications subject to medically accepted standards.”

According to the order issued by Judge Lagoa on Monday, the district court’s decision to stop the bill was an abuse of discretion because the court had not provided sufficient authority to support the claim that there is a fundamental freedom to transition a kid.

In graphic detail, Lagoa outlined the invasive, often permanent medical operations a kid trying to alter his sex may undergo. “Unproven” and “poorly studied,” Lagoa described these procedures and prescriptions towards this aim.

The “numerous harmful effects for minors, as well as risks of effects simply unknown due to the new and experimental nature of these interventions,” Lagoa said, are a possible outcome of these programs.

The judge listed several recognized adverse effects of medically assisted transitioning.

“Several studies demonstrate that hormonal and surgical interventions often do not resolve the underlying psychological issues affecting the individual,” the directive added.

Prescription or administration of medication to prevent or postpone puberty, administration of supra-physiologic amounts of testosterone or other androgens to females, or administration of supra-physiologic doses of estrogen to men remained illegal in Lagoa on Monday.

Castration, vasectomy, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, orchiectomy, or penectomy are all illegal sterilization procedures.

The U.S. Department of Justice opposed the law in April 2022 for the same reasons as the plaintiffs in the Monday lawsuit.

This is a major win for the the rights of states to protect its citizens as they know best.

Unfortunately, the Washington, D.C. Swamp is so corrupt and afraid of doing anything remotely controversial that a national ban on children having their bodies mutilated in the name of “gender-affirming” care is not going to happen.

So it is up to conservative Republicans in states like Alabama to protect children in their own jurisdictions, even if the radical Left doesn’t like it.

This case may not be over, but at the end of the road is a very conservative Supreme Court bench that likely wouldn’t take too kindly to the idea of kids being tools in games of the gender ideology extremists.

In fact, a case reaching the Supreme Court may even be a good thing to provide precedence for the other Republican-controlled states that are following in Alabama’s footsteps and trying to ban this nonsense being pushed onto children. That could force even the crazy Democrats in cities like Los Angeles and New York City to put an end to hormone therapies and what not for kids.

Stay tuned to the Federalist Wire.