Fort Smith, Arkansas – Arkansas General Assembly Overridden The governor’s veto on a bill banning provisional surgery and hormone supplements for people under the age of 18 in the state.
The House of Representatives cast 72-25 votes and the Senate cast 25-8 votes on Tuesday Veto of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s House Building 1570, Will be effective later this summer.
The bill makes Arkansas the first state to ban sex-verifying treatment and surgery for transgender adolescents.
Doctors are prohibited from providing sex-verifying hormone therapy, puberty suppressants, or surgery to people under the age of 18 or referrals to other health care providers for treatment. The bill has no provisions for young people currently in transition.
The override follows Hutchinson’s statement that he fully hopes that the Arkansas General Assembly will act this way after signing the veto on Monday.
Hutchinson refused the bill, following a petition from pediatricians, social workers and parents of young transgender people, to harm communities already at risk of depression and suicide.
Hutchison was opposed by Republican Rep. Robin Lundstram, the main sponsor of the bill.
“(The bill) only prevents minors from being preyed on and pressured to make adult decisions before they are ready,” Lundstram said in a statement. “People who claim not to be honest are not reading the bill or raising money in the best interests of their children.”
The bill was publicly opposed by the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association. Hutchinson said major Arkansas medical institutions also opposed the bill.
The American Civil Liberties Union said it is preparing a proceeding against a law called the SAFE Act to Save Youth from Experiments.
“Today is a sad day for Arkansas, but the fight isn’t over — and we’ve been in it for a long time,” Arkansas Secretary-General Holly Dixon said in a statement.
Contributed by: Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press
This article was originally published on Fort Smith Times Records: Arkansas Transgender Bill: State Legislature Invalidates Governor Asa Hutchinson