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Arkansas became the first state in the nation Tuesday to ban gender-affirming care for transgender minors, after a majority of the state Legislature voted to override the governor's veto. The GOP-sponsored legislation prohibits providing surgeries -- which are not currently done on children Woman want real sex Elm Springs Arkansas the state -- and hormones to people under Barring legal action -- which human-rights groups have promised -- the law will go into effect during the summer.
Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, announced Monday afternoon that he had vetoed House Billdescribing it as a legislative overreach into the relationship between doctors, and patients and their families. Just over 24 hours later, sponsor Rep. The motion passed in the House and subsequently passed in the Senate. Both votes were largely along party lines. Lundstrum said Hutchinson's statement that the legislation was a product of the "culture war" was true, but that the state needed to protect children from those procedures.
They're minors and they're children and they need to be protected" from surgical and hormonal treatments, she said. We should never experiment on children. Leading medical associations consider gender-affirming treatment best-practice and potentially life-saving care that positively affects mental health outcomes. The bill is officially titled the "Save Adolescents From Experimentation," or SAFE, Act, though experts in gender-diverse health care say those treatments have been used successfully for decades.
House Minority Leader Tippi McCullough, D-Little Rock, said if legislators had conversations with transgender youths and their families and health care providers, as Hutchinson said he did, they would agree with the governor's Woman want real sex Elm Springs Arkansas.
McCullough, the only openly LGBTQ member of the state Legislature, urged her colleagues to "put aside politics, put aside lobbyists, put aside everything, and to search your own heart and think about these parents and these children and their doctors. Seventy-two Republicans voted for the override Tuesday, and all 22 Democrats voted no.
Stu Smith, R-Batesville, did not vote, and Rep. Les Warren, R-Hot Springs, was excused. Three House Republicans broke ranks to vote against the override Tuesday: Reps. Hawks and Johnson voted against the bill when it went before the House last month. Christiansen did not vote then. Hawks said afterward that he voted against the bill and the override because he believed the legislation did not address what would happen to children currently receiving hormone treatment and that he had suggested amending the bill. According to the legislation, health care providers are not prohibited from providing procedures to people born with anatomy or chromosomes that fall outside the binary understanding of sex; services to address disorders of sexual development; treatments of any infection, injury, disease or disorder that has been caused by or exacerbated by transition-related care; or procedures treating a physical disorder, injury or illness that would place the person in imminent danger of death or impairment of a major bodily function unless surgery is performed.
The Senate's action on the motion to override Hutchinson's veto came after Sen. Clarke Tucker, D-Little Rock, told senators that he is concerned that the most powerful people are bullying the most vulnerable people, before the Senate approved a motion by Sen. Terry Rice, R-Waldron, to have immediate consideration of the veto override. With the Senate sponsor of HB -- Sen.
Under House Bill"if [these children] want to transition to another gender that they need to wait until they are 18," he said, "I think that this is something that oftentimes could be irreversible, depending upon what procedure that they would undertake and that it is not simply too much to ask to let their minds develop and mature a little bit before they make what could be a very permanent and life-changing decision.
Flippo said, "We serve at the pleasure of the people, and I think that the people of this state were very much in support of this bill and this in its override [of the governor's veto]. Asked about Arkansas being the first state to adopt such a law, he said, "I don't pretend to speak for other states.
But Tucker recalled that then-Gov. Orval Faubus called a special session after the desegregation of Little Rock's Central High School, and the Legislature passed 14 bills in a special session and seven were struck down by courts. Tucker said he sees House Bill as the most powerful people bullying the most vulnerable ones.
Twenty-five Republican senators voted to override the governor's veto, while all seven Democratic senators and Sen. Jim Hendren, an independent from Sulphur Springs, voted not to override the veto. Ben Gilmore, R-Crossett, and Clark were excused. Tuesday's action in the state Legislature marks the first time a governor's veto has been overridden sinceas well as the first overturned veto since Hutchinson has been in office.
Asked at a unrelated news conference, on the latest in the covid pandemic, after the House's Woman want real sex Elm Springs Arkansas to override and before the Senate's action, the governor said the move was expected. I stated my convictions and belief yesterday, and I understand their vote and the support for it in the House and Senate," Hutchinson said. This bill will drive families, doctors and businesses out of the state and send a terrible and heartbreaking message to the transgender young people who are watching in fear," Chase Stangio, deputy director for transgender justice with the ACLU's LGBTQ and HIV Project, said in a written statement.
Holly Dickson, executive director of the ACLU of Arkansas, said the Legislature's decision "disregarded widespread, overwhelming and bipartisan opposition to this bill and continued their discriminatory crusade against trans youth.
We are hearing from concerned families all over the state who are afraid about the impact of this bill and others like it. We are committed to doing all we can to support these families and ensure they know how to continue to fight for their rights and get the care and resources they need," Dickson said in a written statement.
Hours before the Legislature convened Tuesday afternoon, the Walton Family Foundation, the philanthropic organization started by the founders of Walmart, issued its first public statement on House Bill and on other measures in the Legislature that would affect LGBTQ Arkansans. This trend is harmful and sends the wrong message to those willing to invest in or visit our state.
We support Gov. Asa Hutchinson's recent veto of discriminatory policy and implore government, business and community leaders to consider the impact of existing and future policy that limits basic freedoms and does not promote inclusiveness in our communities and economy," Tom Walton, home region program committee chairman for the foundation, said in a written statement Tuesday morning. The Human Rights Campaign says HB is one of a historic of anti-transgender bills moving through statehouses across the country. There are 30 pieces of legislation that would deny gender-affirming care to transgender youths, according to the nation's largest LGBTQ civil-rights organization.
Arkansas Family Council President Jerry Cox praised the Legislature and the lawmakers who sponsored HB for passing the bill and overriding the governor's veto. This is historic legislation. Arkansans ought to be proud of their leaders for doing the right thing by passing the SAFE Woman want real sex Elm Springs Arkansas into law," Cox said in a written statement.
Arkansas is one of 18 states this year to introduce legislation that aims to ban transition-related health services for minors, according to the conservative Family Research Council. Asked about Arkansas being the first to have the law in the nation, Lundstrum said, "Now we are protecting children from experimentation, both surgically and chemically. I think that's a good step forward, and they can make the decision when they are Lundstrum likened the procedures to other things people under 18 can't do in Arkansas, such as buying cigarettes, drinking alcohol and getting tattoos.
Why would we want them to use a drug that is not even approved? Hormone treatments as gender-affirming care are considered an off-label use of the drugs by the Food and Drug Administration, which means they have not been explicitly studied within that context, Dr. Robert Garofalo, division head of adolescent and young adult medicine at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, said at a virtual news conference put on by the Human Rights Campaign midday Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday, the House Education Committee advanced a bill that would allow public school and higher-education institution employees to address students with the name and pronoun corresponding with the sex listed on their registration forms, even if they ask to be addressed with a different name or pronoun. LGBTQ-rights advocates Woman want real sex Elm Springs Arkansas the measure would enable teachers to discriminate against transgender youths.
Mary Bentley, R-Perryville, said House Bill is intended to protect teachers from facing legal action if they use the wrong pronoun or fail to use a student's preferred name. Bentley acknowledged that no teacher in Arkansas has been sued for that reason as of Tuesday, and in response to a question from Rep.
Megan Godfrey, D-Springdale, Bentley said it would protect teachers who intentionally do so. Bentley said she had heard from administrators in her district who said students were changing their names and pronouns multiple times a year, something Godfrey said sounded "implausible" and that Rep. Reginald Murdock, D-Marianna, said he had never heard a teacher say. WicklineRachel Herzog April 7, at a.
Robin Lundstrum, R-Springdale, questions state Sen. Lundstrum said later that those minors would still be able to get counseling and health care. McCullough said hormone treatments can be life-saving. Afterward, Flippo said, "I think we are going to be on the right side of history. Stangio added that the ACLU is "preparing litigation as we speak.Woman want real sex Elm Springs Arkansas
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Transgender-restriction bills move ahead in state