Judge blocks Alabama restrictions on certain gender-affirming treatments for transgender youth
(CNN) A federal judge has partially blocked an Alabama law that restricts gender-affirming treatments for transgender minors.
In granting the preliminary injunction late Friday night requested by the Justice Department and private plaintiffs, Judge Liles Burke said that there was a substantial likelihood that the court would find unconstitutional the law's restrictions on providing transitioning medications, such as puberty blockers, to minors.
Other parts of the law -- including its ban on sex-altering surgeries on minors and its regulations aimed at school officials -- remain in effect.
"Defendants produce no credible evidence to show that transitioning medications are 'experimental,'" wrote Liles, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump.
"While Defendants offer some evidence that transitioning medications pose certain risks, the uncontradicted record evidence is that at least twenty-two major medical associations in the United States endorse transitioning medications as well-established, evidence-based treatments for gender dysphoria in minors."
Among those challenging the law were minors, parents, and doctors, who sued last month arguing that the law violates the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause.
The Justice Department was allowed to intervene in the case to also challenge Alabama's restrictions.