Arkansas is First State to Ban Gender Affirming Treatment for Trans Youth
Governor of Arkansas has vetoed a bill aimed at banning gender confirming surgery for transgender teens.
The Governor of Arkansas has vetoed a bill aimed at banning gender confirming surgery for transgender teens.
Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed the so-called “Safe Act” bill this week. The bill reportedly written to protect children, would prevent trans individuals under the age of 18 from receiving gender confirming operations or medication. Governor Hutchinson says it would violate the doctor, patient and parent privacy while noting the national spotlight this bill has placed on his state. Unfortunately for the Governor, republican lawmakers overturned his veto with a simple majority vote in the general assembly.
The bill has faced opposition from groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics, which says the law would block trans youth from important medical care and increase their already high risk of suicide. The Governor’s veto is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union which called the “Safe Act” bill quote “discriminatory”. Holly Dickson, executive director of the ACLU in the state said “This is a sad day for Arkansas, but this fight is not over and we’re in it for the long haul.”