Arkansas Bill To Ban Transgender Treatments For Youth Heads To Governors Desk


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 U.S 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, has declined to say whether he would sign the bill into law.

“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.

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