The New Zealand Herald

Arkansas trans ban


Arkansas lawmakers yesterday made the state the first to ban gender confirming treatments and surgery for transgende­r youth. The Republican-controlled House and Senate voted to override GOP Governor Asa Hutchinson’s veto of the measure, which prohibits doctors from providing hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to anyone under 18 years old, or from referring them to other providers for the treatment. Hutchinson vetoed the bill after pleas from pediatrici­ans, social workers and the parents of transgende­r youth who said the measure would harm a community at risk for depression and suicide. .

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