The Arkansas state legislature voted Tuesday to override Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto of a bill banning transgender surgeries and procedures for minors.
The move makes Arkansas the first state to ban transgender surgeries and procedures for minors, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. (RELATED: Arkansas Gov. Faces Criticism For Vetoing Bill Banning Trans Surgeries For Minors)
“Yesterday, I vetoed HB 1570,” Hutchinson said in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Today, my veto was overridden by the General Assembly.”
“As I said in my veto statement, I fully expected the veto override since there was overwhelming support on the bill’s passage the first time,” the governor continued. “I do hope my veto will cause my Republican colleagues across the country to resist the temptation to put the state in the middle of every decision made by parents and health care professionals.”
Arkansas’ “Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act,” otherwise known as the SAFE Act, prohibits physicians from performing gender transition procedures, such as puberty blockers or “top” and “bottom” surgeries, on minors.
Transgender surgeries include vaginoplasty, phalloplasty, breast implants, and facial surgeries. (RELATED: CNN Straight News Piece Says ‘There Is No Consensus Criteria For Assigning Sex At Birth’)
The SAFE Act passed the state’s Senate last week. Hutchinson had signed a similar bill in late March banning biological men from participating in women’s sports, but vetoed the SAFE Act Monday, describing the bill as a “vast government overreach,” and adding that the state shouldn’t jump into every “medical, human, and ethical issue.”
The bill’s opponents have vowed to sue to block the bill from going into effect this summer, according to the AP.
Alliance Defending Freedom’s senior counsel Matt Sharp applauded the news in a Tuesday statement, adding that “our laws should protect every child’s opportunity to have a natural childhood.”
“While approaches may differ, we should all agree that there is nothing natural or healthy about pumping kids full of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones,” he continued. “Children should not be pushed to receive experimental treatments that can leave them permanently sterile and physically marred for life.”
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