Arkansas outlaws gender reassignment surgery for children under 18, overrides Governor’s veto

Arkansas has become the first state to make gender reassignment surgeries and hormone treatments for children under the age of 18 after Governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed the bill.

Hutchinson’s veto was over-ridden by a 71-24 State House Vote and 25-8 State Senate Vote.

HB 1570 will now become law 90 days from April 30th, when the general assembly goes into recess.

According to the bill “it is of grave concern to the General Assembly that the medical community is allowing individuals who experience distress at identifying with their biological sex to be subjects of irreversible and drastic nongenital gender reassignment surgery and irreversible, permanently sterilizing genital gender reassignment surgery, despite the lack of studies showing that the benefits of such extreme interventions outweigh the risks.”

ACLU tweeted in response:

BREAKING: The Arkansas legislature overrode Governor Hutchinson’s veto on HB 1570, a bill that would ban health care for trans youth.

We are preparing litigation as we speak.