American News Apr 6, 2021 8:40 PM EST

Arkansas House votes to override governor’s veto of bill preventing use of surgeries and hormones on 'trans children'

Arkansas lawmakers voted on Tuesday to override Governor Asa Hutchinson’s veto of HB-1570, also called the Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act.

Arkansas House votes to override governor’s veto of bill preventing use of surgeries and hormones on 'trans children'
Hannah Nightingale The Post Millennial
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Arkansas lawmakers voted on Tuesday to override Governor Asa Hutchinson’s veto of HB-1570, also called the Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act, 40/29 News reports.

On Monday, Governor Hutchinson had vetoed the bill that would have prevented doctors from performing gender-reassignment surgeries or giving hormone treatments to trans kids under 18.

The Governor called the legislation a "vast government overreach" and urged lawmakers to take another look at the bill.

Governor Hutchinson told reporters that he expected his veto to be overridden by the General Assembly.

He warned that the bill, proposed to help prevent what supporters call experimentation on children, could cause more harm than good.

"House Bill 1570 is opposed by the leading Arkansas medical associations and the concerned expressed is that denying best medical care to transgender youth can lead to significant harm to the young person, from suicidal tendencies and social isolation to increased drug use."

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