Hutchinson vetoed the legislation on Monday, calling it "a product of the cultural war in America," and arguing it creates "new standards of legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters involving young people." The governor told reporters following his veto that he expected legislators to override it.He got that right.
It is nothing but politics at it worst, they care nothing about children lives.
But sadly the Republicans by a simple majority vote overturned the governor’s veto. Arkansas is one of the few states that do not need a two thirds vote to overturn a veto.
Arkansas lawmakers enact transgender youth treatment banThis law is punitive, it has no other purpose to single out trans children, they even made sure that intersex babies can be forced to have surgery when they are hours old.
By Andrew DeMillo
April 6, 2021
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday made the state the first to ban gender confirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth, enacting the prohibition over the governor’s objections.
The Republican-controlled House and Senate voted to override GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto of the measure, which prohibits doctors from providing gender confirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to anyone under 18 years old, or from referring them to other providers for the treatment.
Opponents of the measure have vowed to sue to block the ban before it takes effect this summer.
Hutchinson vetoed the bill Monday following pleas from pediatricians, social workers and the parents of transgender youth who said the measure would harm a community already at risk for depression and suicide. The ban was opposed by several medical and child welfare groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics.
They ignored all the medical advice passed this horrible law for political purposes.
The bill’s sponsor dismissed opposition from medical groups and compared the restriction to other limits the state places on minors, such as prohibiting them from drinking.But the Republicans are not done yet with their hate…
“They need to get to be 18 before they make those decisions,” Republican Rep. Robin Lundstrum said.
The Family Council, a conservative group that backed the measure, praised lawmakers for enacting “historic legislation.”
And the Legislature isn’t showing signs of letting up. Another bill advanced by a House committee earlier Tuesday would prevent schools from requiring teachers to refer to students by their preferred pronouns or titles.This is going to the Supreme Court.
One lawmaker opposed to the measure compared it to the anti-integration bills Arkansas’ Legislature passed in 1958 in opposition to the previous year’s desegregation of Little Rock Central High School.
“What I see, this bill, is the most powerful again bullying the most vulnerable people in our state,” Democratic Sen. Clarke Tucker said before the vote.
In the meantime I would not be surprised to see the Justice Department, and Health Human Service step in saying it is in violation of the Affordable Care Act Section 1557.
I also think that this will not sit well with the general public. That the Republicans have blinders on and only seeing their radical conservative base.