Arkansas bans transgender treatment for youth despite veto

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 7, 2021

Arkansas became the first state in the U.S. to prohibit physicians from providing gender-affirming treatment for trans people under age 18 after the state's General Assembly voted Tuesday to override the governor's veto of an anti-trans bill that he called a "vast government overreach".

The bill makes what it calls an "exception" for some intersex people with unspecified chromosomal makeup and hormone production, and those with difficulties resulting from previous gender-affirming treatments. The measure also prevents doctors from referring them to other providers for the hormone treatment. It had been vetoed by Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson but the Republican-controlled House and Senate voted to override his objection.

On Monday, Hutchinson vetoed the proposal after pediatricians, social workers and the parents of transgender youth said the action would harm a community already vulnerable to depression and suicide. "This would be and is a vast government overreach". This comes just a month after Governor Hutchinson signed a bill into law aimed at banning trans women and girls from participating in sports.

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