Arkansas’s legislature outlawed surgery and other gender-confirming treatments for transgender youth, after state lawmakers on Tuesday overrode the governor’s veto of a bill earlier this week.
The legislation prohibits doctors from providing gender-transition treatment, including surgery and hormone therapy, to people under 18 years old. The measure doesn’t contain an exemption for transgender patients already receiving treatment.
Senate sponsor Alan Clark, a Republican, said his heart went out to children who are “confused about what gender they may be” but that gender transition treatment isn’t appropriate for minors.
“I don’t believe you can explain to an adolescent the long-term implications of this treatment,” he said.
Holly Hickson, executive director of the ACLU of Arkansas, called the law illegal and said the group would challenge it in court. “We are hearing from concerned families all over the state who are afraid about the impact of this bill and others like it,” she said in a statement.
Source: WSJ – US News