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General Assembly OVERRIDES Governor's Veto - Thank Your State Legislators Today!
On Monday, Governor Asa Hutchinson – a Republican – VETOED a bill that would ban minors from getting experimental reassignment surgeries and hormone therapy here in Arkansas!

This inexplicably shortsighted decision on Governor Hutchinson’s part was not only surprising, but entirely illogical, and represented a stark departure from his past stance(s) on legislative matters of a similar nature.

But thankfully, the Governor did NOT have the final say: The Arkansas General Assembly was quick to take actions into their own hands, and decisively voted to OVERRIDE Hutchinson’s veto!

And now, you can contact State Legislators and THANK THEM for having the courage to stand up to Gov. Hutchinson and reject his dangerous decision to veto this important bill!

You can reach your State Legislators in one easy step using this simple contact form that LifeSiteNews.com is making available here, on the Voter Voice platform.

With one click, your message is sent directly to your representatives without having to look up any of their contact details.

The bill in question, House Bill (HB) 1570 (also known as the SAFE Act), sought to prohibit Arkansas doctors and medical professionals from performing largely experimental gender reassignment surgeries and providing other related treatments, including hormonal therapy, to children under the age of 18.

This was and remains a reasonable premise – that minors should not be subjected to risky medical procedures that will forever change them physically while they’re still developing into adults, themselves.

The text of the legislation stated the following as its rationale for potential enactment: “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 non-genital 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.”

But Gov. Hutchinson disagreed, stating that HB 1570 is “overbroad, extreme, and does not grandfather those young people who are currently under hormone treatment.”

He proceeded to veto the legislation, even after it passed both chambers of the General Assembly by large margins: 70-22 in the House, and 28-7 in the Senate.

But the House and the Senate were quick to act, and voted just yesterday to override the Governor’s veto in a similarly decisive fashion (72-25 in the House, 25-8 in the Senate).

As a result, HB 1570 will, in fact, become law, making Arkansas the first state in America to formally ban transgender medical procedures for minors.

Even in the wake of a Republican Governor’s rejection, our legislators remained bold, and rejected his veto of this important legislation to prevent minors from making permanent, life-changing medical decisions before coming of age.

Please take a few minutes to thank our State Legislators for their courage, and for fighting back against a radical, experimental medical agenda that puts our children in harm’s way.

Arkansas may be the first state to formally adopt legislation that bans gender reassignment surgery and other related treatments for minors, but it won’t be the last. 

Let’s express our gratitude to our State Legislators for setting a responsible precedent for our country right here in the Natural State! 


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Read the full text of HB 1570 HEREhttps://legiscan.com/AR/bill/HB1570/2021


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