The bill would have marked an escalation in the GOP’s efforts to take anti-transgender measures in state houses across the country this year. It was firmly opposed by medical experts and LGBTQ advocates, who warned that it would interrupt with due care.
However, the Republican-controlled Arkansas legislature can still override its veto by a simple majority in both houses – a move that Hutchinson expects lawmakers to expect.
Should lawmakers override Hutchinson’s veto, Arkansas doctors could be disciplined by state licensing to allow transgender teenagers to undergo gender-compliant hormone treatment, surgery, or referrals for care.
Similar action could be taken by Alabama lawmakers once this week made it a crime for doctors to provide minors with such care, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The Alabama Senate has already approved Law 23-4 on a partisan basis.
Hutchinson recently signed two bills similar to anti-transgender efforts in other states. These include bills banning transgender girls from participating in competitive sports consistent with their gender identity, and a bill allowing doctors to turn down patients on moral or religious grounds – an effort that LGBTQ advocates use to restrict care for transgender people. Patients saw.
The measure against which Hutchinson had vetoed on Monday, however, is “an interference of the state in a relationship between parents, child, doctor and patient”.
Hutchinson said he hasn’t received pressure from companies to veto the measure since lawmakers passed it a week ago, but he said he wouldn’t be surprised if the state received a backlash – especially given the response to the Georgian electoral legislation.