A federal judge has temporarily blocked part of a new Alabama law banning puberty blockers or hormones as treatments for minors.
The law bans certain medical therapies for minors and makes it a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison for medical providers who violate the law.
U.S. District Judge Liles Burke issued a preliminary injunction May 13 to stop the state from enforcing the medication ban while a lawsuit goes forward.
The lawsuit challenges Senate Bill 184, known as the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, which took effect May 8.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey referred to the ruling as a “temporary legal roadblock.” Alabama’s state attorney general indicated he will appeal.