What in the world is he thinking!?
Governor Asa Hutchinson recently vetoed a bill that would have blocked “transgender procedures for minors, including drugs and surgeries, and prevented transgender procedures from being considered deductible expenses for income tax purposes.”
If House Bill 1570 becomes law, then we are creating new standards of legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters involving young people. It is undisputed that the population of minors who struggle with gender incongruity or gender dysphoria is an extreme minority. But while they are a minority, they deserve the guiding hand of their parents, and of the health care professionals that their family has chosen. House Bill 1570 would put the state as the definitive oracle of medical care, overriding parents, patients and healthcare experts. While in some instances, the state must act to protect life, the state should not presume to jump into the middle of every medical, human, and ethical issue. This would be, and is, a vast government overreach.
He also added that if the bill had simply stated that there would be a ban of gender reassignment surgery, he would have signed it. However, he is taking into account that the youth that believe they are transgender would probably turn to harming themselves if he were to ban the bill presented to him.
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