Arkansas Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Ban Transgender Treatments for Youth

Headline Roundup April 5th, 2021

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Monday vetoed a bill that would have banned transgender treatments for youth in the state. The bill, known as the Safe Act, would prohibit doctors from providing hormone treatment, medication or surgery to anyone under 18, or from referring them to other providers for the treatment. Arkansas would have been the first state to take such a move; however, its majority-Republican legislature could still enact the policy using a simple majority to override the governor’s veto. Hutchinson’s veto comes after when he signed into a law a bill that bans transgender women and girls from playing female sports just one week ago. The Arkansas bills is among a number of state legislation that Republicans have introduced on transgender issues this year; at least 16 other states are considering similar legislation.

The story received coverage from across the political spectrum. Some left-rated outlets included personal interviews from transgender people in their articles, while center- and right-rated outlets tended to focus on the details of the bill.

Update: The Arkansas legislature voted Tuesday afternoon to override Gov. Hutchinson's veto.

Arkansas Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Ban Transgender Treatments for Youth

From the Left
2000

The Republican governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, has vetoed a controversial bill which would have stopped anyone under the age of 18 getting treatment involving gender reassignment surgery or medication in the southern state.

Arkansas would have been the first state to take such a move. Its Republican-controlled legislature could still enact the measure, however, since it takes only a simple majority to override an Arkansas governor’s veto.

The bill, known to supporters as the Safe Act, would prohibit doctors from providing gender-confirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to...

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From the Right
2000

Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday he would veto a bill that would have banned transgender surgery for minors.

Hutchinson made the announcement to reporters, describing the bill as a “vast government overreach,” and said that the state shouldn’t jump into every “medical, human, and ethical issue.” “I was told this week that the nation is looking at Arkansas because I have on my desk another bill passed by the General Assembly that is a product of the cultural war in America,” Hutchinson began. “I don’t shy away from...

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From the Center
2000

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on Monday vetoed a bill that would have made the state the first in the country to prevent doctors from providing certain types of care to transgender youth.

But his veto could be overridden by a simple majority vote in the Arkansas Senate and House, which passed the bill with sizeable majorities.

At least 16 other states are considering similar legislation, which transgender advocates have attacked, saying that cutting off badly needed care to adolescents would inevitably lead to more suicides. Civil rights organizations have also...

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