Arkansas lawmakers passed a measure on Monday that could make the state the first in the country to prevent doctors from providing certain types of care to transgender youth, part of a wave of legislation that would restrict transgender rights
Arkansas lawmakers passed a measure on Monday that could make the state the first in the country to prevent doctors from providing certain types of care to transgender youth, part of a wave of legislation that would restrict transgender rights.
The Arkansas legislation threatens any healthcare professional who provides puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones or gender-affirming surgery to minors with losing their medical license and opens them up to lawsuits from patients who later regret their procedures.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, 광주 성형외과 has declined to say whether he would sign the bill into law.
The state legislature is dominated by Republicans.
‘The governor will review the bill more closely, listen to the debate, study it and make a decision on the legislation,’ his spokesperson Katie Beck said in an email.
The Republican-dominated Arkansas state legislature (seen in the above January 12 file photo in Little Rock) on Monday passed a measure that would ban doctors from providing certain types of hormonal treatments to transgender teens under the age of 18
The image above shows LGBTQ activists rallying outside the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock on March 19 against proposed legislation
The demonstration was staged by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has condemned a wave of legislation that it says is aimed at curbing transgender rights
HB1570 effectively bans transgender reassignment surgery for anyone seeking to transition before the age of 18
Sixteen other states are considering similar bills.
Civil rights organizations have said they are likely to sue to stop any such bills that are enacted.
On Friday, Hutchinson signed another bill opposed by transgender advocates, which would ban transgender women and girls from playing female sports.
Hutchinson on Friday also signed into law legislation allowing doctors to refuse to treat someone because of religious or moral objections, 광주 성형외과 a move opponents have said will give providers broad powers to turn away LGBTQ patients and others.
The medical conscience objections law says health care workers and institutions have the right to not participate in non-emergency treatments that violate their conscience.
The new law won’t take effect until late this summer.
Republicans across the country have introduced a record 127 bills on transgender issues in 22 states this year, according to the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ organization in the United States.
Like Arkansas, Mississippi also enacted a law this month that bans athletes who were designated male at birth from playing women’s or girls sports at public schools or universities.
The above 2019 file photo shows a large trans rights flag unfurled outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC
Idaho passed one last year that was blocked by a federal court.
Proponents of the medical legislation say they want to protect children from irreversible procedures they could later regret.
‘They’re not mature enough to make those kinds of decisions,’ said Tennessee state Representative John Ragan, the lead sponsor of a bill that would ban most transgender treatment for minors unless it has the consent of three physicians.
Transgender advocates see the proposals as a political ploy to whip up right-wing outrage.
They contend the measures are unconstitutional, defy the best medical science and rely on outdated stereotypes.
‘As a trans person, as a parent, I can’t stress enough how devastating the consequences would be,’ Chase Strangio, deputy director for transgender justice at the American Civil Liberties Union, told a news conference on Monday.
Others on Twitter weighed in on the proposed legislation.
Raquel Willis tweeted: ‘Transphobes don’t just strip trans women of being women and trans men of being men…
as you can see in Arkansas and states across the country, 광주 성형외과 they strip trans children of being children, and essentially, they strip all trans people of simply being people.’
Another Twitter commenter wrote: ‘Arkansas has failed its children.’ The tweet included the hashtags #TransRightsAreHumanRights #TransIsBeautiful.
Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President and Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton, tweeted: ‘For everyone you know in Arkansas, please urge them to demand that Gov.
@AsaHutchinson veto HB 1570 and protect trans kids.’
Jake Lobin tweeted: ‘Dear Arkansas Republicans…. You can’t be “pro-life” AND “anti-trans”.’
The American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents 67,000 pediatricians, was among several medical organizations to oppose the Arkansas bill, saying it would cut off trans kids from needed medical care and needlessly increase their already high risk of suicide.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on Thursday signed a law banning transgender women and girls from competing in school sports consistent with their gender identity, making the state the second to approve such a restriction so far this year
Arkansas is the third state to sign a bill into law that excludes transgender athletes from female sports
Both sides accuse their opponents of promoting junk science and ignoring common sense.
Transgender advocates backing gender-affirming care say each step is undertaken with the consultation of doctors, therapists and social workers.
Not all teenagers who question their gender identity decide to go through with transition.
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