Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said on Monday that he will veto a bill that would have made the state the first in the country to prevent doctors from providing certain types of care to transgender youth.
Hutchinson called the Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act (SAFE Act), “a vast government overreach.”
He told reporters that the SAFE Act would set “new standards of legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters involving young people.”
While this bill was approved in both the House and Senate last month and would essentially bar transgender youth from getting ‘gender-affirming care’, which include puberty blockers and hormone therapy, among others. It also bars medical providers from making referrals to other health care professionals for ‘gender-affirming’ procedures for anyone under the age of 18.
Health care providers who offered this type of care could face fines, lose their license to practice in the state, or be vulnerable to civil litigation.
(Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; Editing by Leslie Adler and Wolf Daily Newsdesk)