Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) on Friday signed into law a bill that criminalizes prescribing gender-affirming medication for transgender youth, making Alabama the third Republican-controlled state to refuse such medical care to minors.

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Under the lawit is a felony for doctors to perform medical procedures or prescribe medication to children to change their appearance, gender or delay puberty.

Doctors who violate the law are subject to up to 10 years in jail or a fine of up to $15,000, and the law requires teachers, counselors, nurses and principals to inform parents if students say they are transgender.

Ivey said in a statement after enacting the law that children should be protected from what she called “these radical, life-altering drugs and surgeries,” and that children who want to change their gender should be provided help to “properly develop into the adults God intended them to be ”

Ivey also signed into law a bill that opponents have called Alabama’s “Don’t Say Gay” amendment, which bans students from using school bathrooms that don’t correspond with their gender at birth.

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