The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals recently lifted an injunction on Alabama’s ban on transgender surgeries and hormone treatments for minors, and Eagle Forum, along with Alabama Eagle Forum, responded.
“We are grateful for the decision by the 11th Circuit to allow Alabama to enforce protections for vulnerable children suffering from gender dysphoria,” said Eagle Forum president Kris Ullman. “The so-called ‘treatments’ with puberty-blockers and cross-sex hormones permanently alter the healthy bodies of children and impair their futures.”
The Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act (VCAP) went into effect in May 2022 but just days later was blocked by a federal judge.
Ullman said after 18 months of delay, Eagle Forum is pleased the Court finally lifted the injunction. While the ban is again in place, there will still be a full trial later this year.
“This law protects vulnerable children who are suffering from gender dysphoria from irreversible medical procedures that will alter their bodies forever,” Eunie Smith, President of Eagle Forum of Alabama, stated. “Many minors are making life-altering decisions which may render them sterile for life, cause serious bone loss, and decreased cognitive development from hormone therapy. Children must be helped; not harmed. The Alabama legislature and Governor did just that in 2022 with the enactment of VCAP. We are happy that the Court is allowing these protections to finally go into effect.”
Eagle Forum of Alabama promoted VCAP until lawmakers passed the bill. Due to its involvement, the Department of Justice subpoenaed the non-profit in August 2022. However, a judge granted a motion to quash the subpoena.
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