On Friday, Gov. Kay Ivey (R-AL) signed two bills passed by the Alabama Legislature into law relating to the transgender issue.
A bill, called the Alabama Vulnerable Child Protection Act (SB184), prohibited the prescription of transgender conversion therapies to minors. The other piece of legislation, HB322, implements a restriction on discussions of sexual orientation at the K-5 elementary school level in Alabama public schools and institutes a restroom requirement. biological sex.
The bills drew the ire of White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who spoke out against them during her press briefing the day before.
“Today in Alabama, instead of focusing on critical kitchen table issues like the economy, COVID, or addressing the nation’s mental health crisis, Republican lawmakers are currently debating a legislation that, among other things, would target trans youth with tactics that threaten to put pediatricians in jail if they provide life-saving medically necessary health care to the children they serve,” Psaki said. “Just like the extreme excess of government we saw in Texas, where politicians sent state officials to the homes of loving parents to investigate them for abuse just to harass and bully the LGBTQI+ community, voting today in Alabama will only serve to harm children.. But Alabama lawmakers and other lawmakers considering these discriminatory bills have been warned by the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services Department that laws and policies preventing the care medical professionals recommend for transgender minors could violate the Constitution and federal law.”
In comments given exclusively to Breitbart News on Friday night, Ivey dismissed PSAki’s statement and said his state was “ready to stand up for our values.”
“Alabama will continue to protect our children and not let foreign liberals like Jen Psaki and White House Biden tell us what to do,” Ivey said. “Our state is ready to defend our values. As I said, we need to focus on the proper development of our children to become the adults God intended them to be.
Despite media coverage of the state of Alabama, which is adamantly against the two bills that received overwhelming approval in the Republican-dominated Alabama Legislature, Ivey is not alone in challenge the Biden White House.
Alabama State Representatives Wes Allen (right) and Scott Stadthagen (right) also spoke out against Psaki for his remarks that directly targeted them.
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