Arkansas Senate approves ban on hormone treatments for transgender youth


FILE – In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, people gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court has declined to take up an appeal from parents in Oregon who want to prevent transgender students from using locker rooms and bathrooms of the gender with which they identify, rather than their sex assigned at birth. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has approved banning gender confirming treatments for minors, sending the restriction on transgender youth to the governor’s desk.

The Senate voted 28-7 in favor of the measure, which opponents says would be the first prohibition of its kind in the country.

The bill would prohibit doctors from providing gender-confirming hormone treatment or surgery to minors.

The measure has drawn criticism from medical and child welfare groups who say it would further marginalize trans youth.

It comes as other bills targeting transgender people have advanced in Arkansas.

Bills in 25 states have been filed across the country seeking to ban transgender women from competing with biological women on school sports teams.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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