Arkansas becomes first state to ban treatment for transgender youth

Arkansas is officially the first state to ban gender confirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth. 

On Monday, Governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Actwhich would ban doctors from providing gender-affirming healthcare to transgender minors. 

RELATED: Arkansas governor vetoes bill banning gender-confirming treatment for transgender youth

Hutchinson said the intentions behind the legislation were “well-intended but off course.” 

On Tuesday, lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House and Senate voted to override Hutchinson’s veto of the bill, the Associated Press reported

The override passed in both chambers with a House vote of 72-25 and a Senate vote of 25-8. 

Opponents of the SAFE Act, including the American Civil Liberties Union, have vowed to sue in an attempt to block the ban before it takes effect in July. 

Democratic Senator Clarke Tucker said the bill is a form of bullying. 

“What I see, this bill, is the most powerful again bullying the most vulnerable people in our state.”

RELATED: Anti-transgender bills introduced around the nation; critics blast the move

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