Arkansas Lawmakers Override Gov’s Veto On Transgender Treatments Ban For Minors

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The Arkansas Legislature voted Tuesday afternoon to ban minors from receiving gender reassignment services from medical providers, including hormone treatments and puberty blockers, overriding the GOP governor’s veto of the proposal the day before. “The House voted 71-24, and the Senate 25-8, to override the governor’s veto a day after it was announced,” ABC News reported on the development Tuesday afternoon. Only the day before, two-term Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) had vetoed the proposal — dubbed the Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act — out of concern it was too far-reaching and overly broad. The proposal would have banned doctors from providing minors with various gender-reassignment treatments in addition to referrals for them. It also would have banned doctors from referring minors for gender-reassignment surgeries. “I don’t shy away from the battle when it is necessary and defensible, but the most recent action of the general assembly, while well-intended, is off-course and I must veto,” said Hutchinson.

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