Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Vetoes Trans Healthcare Bill, Calls It Overbroad, Extreme

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has vetoed a bill that would ban gender reassignment surgeries and hormone supplements for anyone under 18 in the state.

Labeled the Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act, the bill, which did not have a provision for youth who are currently transitioning, passed the Arkansas Senate by a vote of 28-7 March 29 and a house vote of 70-22 March 10.

“The bill is overbroad, extreme, and does not grandfather those who are under hormone treatment,” said Hutchinson, adding that he believes the bill is legislative interference with medical care in the state.

Hutchinson anticipates the Arkansas Legislature may override his veto on House Bill 1570 before the session is over.

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