Headline RoundupMarch 30th, 2021

Arkansas Senate Passes Bill Banning Treatments for Transgender Youth

Summary from AllSides News Team

The Arkansas Senate passed a bill on Monday banning gender treatments for transgender minors, including hormonal therapy and surgical treatments. The bill awaits the signature of Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who last week signed two bills allowing doctors to refuse treatment based on moral or religious objections and banning trans women and girls from participating in school sports teams consistent with their gender identity. Several states, including Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota and Tennessee, have also recently passed bills aimed at transgender issues and healthcare. Coverage in some left-rated outlets referred to gender treatments as “lifesaving” and labeled the Arkansas bill “anti-trans legislation.” Coverage tended to use the phrase “gender-affirming care” in left-rated outlets, “gender confirming treatments” in center-rated outlets, and “gender transition procedures” in right-rated outlets. Learn more about how AllSides covers trans issues and trans rights here.

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