Arkansas politicians speak out after court upholds blocking transgender treatment ban

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Arkansas politicians are speaking out after the federal appeals court blocked the state from enforcing its ban on children receiving sex reassignment medical treatment.

Thursday, a panel of three judges from 8e The United States Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier district court ruling temporarily blocking Arkansas ACT 626. The 2021 law, titled “The SAFE Act,” prevented healthcare professionals from providing or refer someone under the age of 18 to “gender transition procedures”.

A trial in October will take place to determine whether the blocking, based on the 14e Amendment, should be permanent.

The state attorney general previously appealed the district court’s decision and will appeal Thursday’s decision.

A statement from a spokesperson for the state attorney general’s office shortly after Thursday’s ruling said the office “plans to seek review by the full Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.”

Arkansas politicians had opinions on Thursday’s decision.

Senator Tom Cotton released a statement referring to medical treatments using “experimental drugs and surgeries” and the influence of Liberal policies on government.

“Our legislature voted to protect children from experimental drugs and surgeries that could permanently harm their health and well-being. By again blocking this law, the court has left the fate of Arkansas children in the hands of liberal activists who support “sex reassignments” for children. »

Senator Tom Cotton

Governor Asa Hutchinson, who initially opposed the SAFE Act, calling it “vast government excess” at the time, encouraged new legislation with a narrower focus.

“I vetoed this bill because I feared it was too broad and would not be upheld by the courts.”

“Law 626 is the most extreme law in the country. It is important that we approach laws like this with caution. I am absolutely against sex change operations for minors.

“I encourage the legislature in January to craft legislation with a narrower focus to protect our children.”

Governor Asa Hutchinson

Arkansas was the first state to ban doctors from providing hormone therapy or sex-confirmation surgery to anyone under 18.

In March 2021, the The Arkansas Senate approved the law prohibit gender confirmation treatments for children.

In April 2021, the general meeting overruled Hutchinson’s veto. This made Arkansas the first state to ban doctors from providing hormone therapy or sex-confirmation surgery to children under 18.

The law was to come into force on July 28, 2021.

Once the law is passed by the legislature, the The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the state to cancel the bill. The deed was then sent to a federal appeals court, resulting in Thursday’s decision.

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