Governor’s veto overridden, gender-confirming treatments for minors now banned in Ark

James Marshall
Апреля 7, 2021

The bill says that intersex children and those "with a medically verifiable genetic disorder of sexual development" would be exempt from the bans.

"Transgender youth have the best chance to thrive when they are supported and affirmed, not singled out and denied critical care that is backed by virtually every leading health authority", said a statement from the Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, adding that "a person's gender identity shouldn't limit their ability to access health care or be treated with dignity and respect".

The measure's sponsor referred to the procedures as experimentation and compared the restriction to other limits the state places on minors.

"They need to get to be 18 before they make those decisions", Republican Rep. Robin Lundstrum said.

According to CBS News, Hutchinson said on Monday that he considered the bill "government overreach" and argued it would lead to "legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters involving young people". It says that because hormone blockers and surgeries like mastectomies are destroying "a minor's healthy reproductive organs", these therapies, surgeries, and medicines couldn't be given to anyone under the age of 21-despite the fact that state law now allows 14-year-olds to get married to adults.

The law will take effect in late July at the earliest.

The House voted 71-24, and the Senate 25-8, to override the governor's veto a day after it was announced. LGBTQ advocates fear the bill would out people under 21 who tell state workers that they may be transgender.

Hutchinson recently signed legislation banning transgender women and girls from competing on teams consistent with their gender identity, a prohibition that also has been enacted in Tennessee and MS this year.

One bill lets doctors refuse treatment for patients based on religious or moral objections - a move that critics said would allow for LGBT people to be turned away.

"This trend is harmful and sends the wrong message to those willing to invest in or visit our state", Tom Walton, a board member with the foundation, said in a statement released before the override vote. Republicans have enough votes to override Hutchinson's veto with a simple majority vote - something the governor said he already anticipates.

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