Montgomery, Alabama (WIAT) – Doctors from the Children’s of Alabama are figuring out what they can and can’t do under a new law criminalizing medical treatment for transgender people while they wait for a decision from a federal judge.

“We hope that this law will be in force for only a few days,” said Dr. Maurice Ladinski, co-head of UAB’s pediatric gender team.

Ladinski’s gender clinic accepts about 100 patients. She told CBS 42 that they had put in place precautions before the law went into effect on Sunday, so those with existing prescriptions could still get refills.

“We have made sure that young people who receive medication and rise are healthy and healthy, and this course of therapy will not be detached from him in any way,” Ladinski said.

According to the law, doctors who prescribe pubertal blockers or other drugs to change the appearance of the sex of anyone under 19 can receive up to 10 years in prison.

Dr Hussein Abdul-Latif is working with Ladinsky and says he is worried that if the law remains in force, it could worsen self-harm behavior among transgender children or force families to leave the country.

“I was contacted by a parent who has just moved to the state and plans to move out of the state to a safe zone where there is no threat of such an illegal thing,” Abdul-Latif said.

Laws like this can have an impact outside the doctor’s office. Those at the Magic City Acceptance Academy, a public charter school that provides an “LGBTQ affirmative learning environment,” say more students want to enroll.

Principal Michael Wilson says they are adding 110 seats next school year and filling up quickly.

“We already have up to 120 applications, so the answer is yes, because people understand who we are and what we are for, there is certainly interest,” Wilson said.

Judge Lyles Burke is expected to rule on whether to ban the law by the end of the week.

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