Arkansas Governor Vetoes Ban on Youth Gender Reassignment Procedures

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday vetoed a bill that sought to ban gender reassignment surgeries and hormone treatments for children under the age of 18. Hutchinson said he believed the bill, House Bill 1570, is overly broad and could set a new standard of government interference into medical care and relationships between medical providers, youths, and their parents. The governor said he was also worried that the measure could lead to detrimental consequences for some youths, such as suicidal tendencies and drug use, and also took issue over the lack of accommodation for youths who are currently undergoing transition treatments. “If House Bill 1570 simply prohibited gender reassignment surgeries, then I would sign the bill. But the bill is overbroad, extreme, and does not grandfather those young people who are currently under hormone treatment,” Hutchinson told reporters at a news conference on Monday. The governor added that he believes the state legislature …

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