Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson destroyed his ‘career’ by vetoing a bill that (overwhelmingly supported by voters) would prevent children from decided to castrate themselves and essentially ruin the rest of their lives before they have the mental maturity to make such a life-altering decision. However, lawmakers in the state overturned that veto, and the Associated Press is extra butt-hurt over the move.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) on Monday vetoed HB 1570, which bans gender transition procedures for minors.
“The GOP-sponsored legislation prohibits health care providers from administering gender transition treatments, which can include surgery and hormone therapy, to people under 18.” – the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported.
Governor Hutchinson called the bill a “vast government overreach.” and referred to it as a “product of the cultural war in America.”
“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,” he said.
The Arkansas state legislature on Tuesday voted to override Governor Hutchinson’s veto.
The House voted 71-24, and the Senate 25-8, to override the governor’s veto.
“These children need to be protected,” Republican Rep. Robin Lundstrum, the lead sponsor of the bill, said on Monday according to the Associated Press.
The majority-Republican Arkansas General Assembly voted Tuesday to override Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto of a bill banning experimental genital mutilation and hormone treatments for those under 18-years-old.
The passage of HB 1570, the Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act, makes Arkansas the first state in the union to prohibit doctors from administering hormone treatment, puberty blockers, or other treatments to minors. The veto passed in the House at a vote of 71 to 24 and in the Senate 25 to 8.
Hutchinson vetoed the legislation on Monday, which originally passed on March 29. The governor claimed the measure was a “product of the cultural war in America” and violated the relationship between a doctor and patient.
“This is a government overreach,” Hutchinson said in a press conference Monday. “You are starting to let lawmakers interfere with health care and set a standard for legislation overriding health care. The state should not presume to jump into every ethical health decision.”
“We want to send a message of tolerance and diversity,” the governor added.
Even though Hutchinson cratered on this legislation, he recently signed the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” to ban biological men from participating in female sports. Republicans in the state were not pleased with his decision to oppose another piece of legislation to protect minors and oppose psuedo-science that has run rampant in the transgender movement.
Upon the announcement of the overriding of Hutchinson’s veto, Family Council, a conservative education and research group based in Little Rock, issued a statement applauding the Arkansas legislature.
“Medical researchers do not know the long term effects these procedures and therapies can have on kids. That is why many people equate them with experimenting on children,” Family Council wrote. “The legislature made the right decision to override the governor’s veto on Tuesday. This is good news, and Arkansans ought to be proud of their lawmakers for standing up and protecting the welfare of children.”
The overriding of Hutchinson’s veto came after other prominent conservative figures voiced opposition as well. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said the “legislature cannot stop now and deprive Arkansas’s children of this much-needed protection.”
“These unscientific, destructive gender transition procedures should not be allowed to interrupt the development of children and irreversibly alter their bodies,” Perkins said.
Ryan T. Anderson, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and author of “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment,” said intervening in the normal physical development of a child for the sake of “gender identity” is unethical.
“Prudent legislation is needed to prevent adults from interfering with a child’s normal, natural bodily development. Thankfully, the Arkansas legislature has refused to cave to Big Business special interests. More states should follow their example,” Anderson told The Federalist.
Hutchinson won re-election in 2018 after first being elected in 2014. Both Leslie Rutledge, the Arkansas Attorney General, and former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have declared they will run in 2022.
HB 1570 will become state law in 90 days after the legislative session concludes on April 30.
‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ host challenged Arkansas Governor Hutchinson on why he vetoed a bill banning youth gender reassignment surgeries. The essential position of Hutchinson is that government should not intervene in medical decisions between parents, children and doctors.
Tucker Carlson asked Hutchinson to reconcile laws against children drinking, laws against children getting tattoos, and the absence of a law stopping the chemical castration of children. The interview became very contentious.
#BREAKING (AP): Arkansas becomes the first state to ban gender confirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth. The Republican-controlled state legislature voted to override the governor's veto of the measure.
— WMAL News (@wmalnews) April 6, 2021