Arkansas has become the first state to ban gender-affirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth, after lawmakers overrode the governor’s objections to enact the ban on Tuesday.
The state’s governor, Asa Hutchinson, had vetoed the bill on Monday following pleas from pediatricians, social workers and the parents of trans 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.
However the Republican-controlled house and senate voted to override Hutchinson’s veto.
The ban prohibits doctors from providing gender-affirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to anyone under 18 years old, or from referring them to other providers for the treatment. The treatments are part of a gradual process that can vastly improve young people’s mental health, and can be life-saving, experts say.
Opponents of the measure have vowed to sue to block the ban before it takes effect this summer.
“This legislation perpetuates the very things we know are harmful to trans youth,” said Dr Robert Garofalo, the division head of adolescent and young adult medicine at Lurie Children’s hospital in Chicago, speaking on a press conference call held by the Human Rights Campaign. “They’re not just anti-trans. They’re anti-science. They’re anti-public health.”
So the law bans cutting the knockers off children. There are people opposing this idea.
What consenting adults get up to, absent third party harm, is up to consenting adults. A child is, by definition, not a consenting adult.
For example, in Arkansas, a 17 year old may not rent out their genitals for the sexual pleasure of another. But the argument is that they should be allowed to surgically modify them?
Don’t see it myself…..