Arkansas bans medical treatment for transgender people for young people
On Monday, Governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed the bill, saying it was “a product of the American Cultural War.” On Tuesday, however, the state House and Senate voted to overturn the veto, making it state law, CNN reported.
At least 17 other states are considering similar legislation, but the Arkansas bill was the first to reach the governor’s desk Washington Post reported.
The bill prohibits doctors from prescribing it puberty blocker, hormone or genital replacement surgeries for under-18s. It is also forbidden for a young person to be referred to another doctor for this treatment.
“The General Assembly is deeply concerned that the medical community may allow people with problems in identifying with biological sex to undergo reassignment and non-gender reassignment surgery and to be able to sterilize and permanently sterilize genital reassignment surgery. about the research they show, ”says the bill.
Republican Hutchinson said the measure is “excessive government” when he announced his veto on Monday.
“The bill is broad, extreme, and it doesn’t matter to those young people who are currently on hormone treatment,” Hutchinson said. “Young people currently in the care of a doctor will be left without treatment when this law comes into force. This means that they will be looking at the black market or going out of state … to find the treatment they want and need. It’s not the right way to put them. “
Many medical groups are against this type of legislation. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry it says, “it makes a great effort to block access to these recognized interventions (legal, legislative, and other).”
Chase Strangio, ACLU’s Deputy Director of Transgender Justice with the LGBTQ and HIV Project, lifted Hutchinson’s veto on Monday. On Tuesday, he said he was preparing to sue the ACLU bill, CNN said.