Conservative Groups Urge Arkansas Lawmakers to Override Governor’s Veto of Bill Banning Gender Transition Procedures for Minors

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson speaks during a news conference in Washington, D.C., December 21, 2012. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters )

Conservative groups are calling on the Arkansas legislature to override Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto of a bill aimed at preventing minors from receiving gender reassignment treatments.

Lawmakers in Arkansas passed the Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act last week, which would ban experimental medicalized gender transition procedures and treatments for minors. Under the bill, banned acts would include prescribing puberty blockers to minors struggling with gender dysphoria.

Hutchinson vetoed the bill on Monday, explaining at a news conference that he believed the SAFE Act would wrongfully interfere with the medical profession.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski