Hutchinson vetoes transgender youth treatment ban in state

0
302

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ governor has vetoed legislation that would have made his state the first to ban gender confirming treatments for transgender youth, though lawmakers could enact the restriction over his objections.

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday rejected the measure that would have prohibited doctors from providing gender-confirming hormone treatment or surgery to minors, or from referring them to other providers for the treatment. His move followed pleas from pediatricians, social workers, and the parents of trans youth.

The bill is among several targeting transgender people that have otherwise easily advanced in Arkansas. Hutchinson’s veto can be overridden by a simple majority of the Legislature.


Get up-to-date local and regional news along with the latest sports and weather every weekday morning by listening to Gary B. on Ozark Newsline, broadcast from the First Community Bank Newsroom on Arkansas 103.3. White River Now updates are also aired weekday mornings on 93 KZLEOutlaw 106.5, and Your FM 99.5. Have a news tip or event to promote? Email White River Now at news@whiterivernow.com. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Add don’t forget to download the White River Now mobile app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

Leave a Reply