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Arkansas Passes ‘Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act’ To Ban Trans Surgery, Puberty Blockers For Minors

By  Ryan Saavedra  Mar 30, 2021

The Arkansas Senate passed the “Arkansas Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act” on Monday, and now it heads to Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson’s desk for him to sign into law.

The state government has a compelling interest in “protecting the health and safety of its citizens, especially vulnerable children,” House Bill 1570 says. “For the small percentage of children who are gender nonconforming or experience distress at identifying with their biological sex, studies consistently demonstrate that the majority come to identify with their biological sex in adolescence or adulthood, thereby rendering most physiological interventions unnecessary.”

“Furthermore, scientific studies show that individuals struggling with distress at identifying with their biological sex often have already experienced psychopathology, which indicates these individuals should be encouraged to seek mental health services to address comorbidities and underlying causes of their distress before undertaking any hormonal or surgical intervention,” the bill states. “Even among people who have undergone inpatient gender reassignment procedures, suicide rates, psychiatric morbidities, and mortality rates remain markedly elevated above the background population.”

The bill bans:

  • A physician or other healthcare professional from providing gender transition procedures to any individual under eighteen (18) years of age.
  • A physician, or other healthcare professional from referring any individual under eighteen (18) years of age to any healthcare professional for gender transition procedures.
  • Public funds from being directly or indirectly used, granted, paid, or distributed to any entity, organization, or individual that provides gender transition procedures to an individual under eighteen (18) years of age.


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