Arkansas became the first state in the United States to outlaw sex-verifying treatment and surgery for transgender people under the age of 18.
The bill also effectively prohibits doctors from providing puberty suppressants or referrals to other health care providers for treatment.
The Republican governor rejected the bill and called it “a vast government overkill.”
However, the state’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Senate rejected him.
The bill faces a lot of opposition from groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, and states that the law blocks critical medical care for transgender adolescents and increases the already high risk of suicide.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the bill would “push families, doctors and businesses out of state and send a terribly tragic message to feared transgender youth,” preparing for the proceedings. He said he was. ..
“Today is a sad day for Arkansas, but the fight isn’t over. We’ve been in it for a long time,” Holly Dixon, Arkansas ACLU Secretary-General, said in a statement.
Problems beyond Arkansas
Shrai Popat, BBC News, Washington DC
Over the past few weeks, Arkansas has played legislative table tennis games and balanced gender-verifying care. Today, the state is the first state to ban doctors from providing sex-verifying medical care to transgender youth. Medical experts say this is likely to have disastrous consequences for transgender youth, especially mental health.
Dr. Jack Turban, a Fellow of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine, told the BBC that access to trans-use gender-verifying care was “consistently associated with better mental health outcomes.” It was.
He added that many of the political discourses on this care are engulfed in unscientific misinformation that implies that “transgender youth are’confused’or invalid.”
This issue crosses the border of Arkansaw. Transgender children in states like Alabama and Tennessee are awaiting legislators’ decisions on similar legislation. According to Dr. Morissa Ladinsky, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, “expectations, uncertainties, and fears” of losing care for GID “cut off” the resilience of transuse. That is.
Governor Asa Hutchinson called the bill “a product of American culture war.” He argued that it created “a new standard of legislative interference with doctors and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive issues involving young people.”
Governor Hutchinson’s veto revocation required only a simple majority, but the House of Representatives agreed 72-25 and the Senate 25-8, which passed easily in both chambers.
At least 16 other states are considering similar legislation.
Proponents of the bill, almost all Republicans, say they want to protect their children from life-changing procedures that they later regret. They also point to the side effects of adolescent inhibitors and cross-sex hormones, citing occasional cases where transgender people overturn transition decisions.
However, according to experts, each step is based on the consultation of a doctor, therapist or social worker and is often done over a long period of time.