Arkansas governor vetoes bill banning puberty blockers, transgender surgeries for children, override likely

by Jenny Mount · Apr 6th, 2021 11:20 am

Last Updated Apr 8th, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Calling it "extreme" and a "vast" overreach of government, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson vetoed a bill that bans puberty blockers and transgender surgeries for children.

"[If the bill becomes law], then we are creating new standards of legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters involving young people," Hutchinson said.

Transgender advocates praised Hutchinson's veto, suggesting that lawmakers needed to "learn from this experience" before trying anything like it again.

"If you cannot get health care in the state where you live, you cannot live in that state. This would amount to effectively banning trans kids from the state of Arkansas," said Gillian Branstetter, the spokesperson for the National Women's Law Center.

It is anticipated, even by Hutchinson himself, that the Arkansas legislature will override the governor's veto and enact the law.


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