Arkansas has become the first US state to outlaw Transgender Youth Treatment. Gender confirming treatments and surgery for transgender people under the age of 18 is ban in the state.

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The bill also in effect bans doctors from providing puberty blockers, or from referring them to other providers for the treatment.

The Republican state governor had vetoed the bill, calling it a “vast government overreach”.

But the state’s Republican-controlled House and Senate overruled him.

The bill has faced much opposition from groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics, which said, “the law would block trans youth

from important medical care and increase their already high risk of suicide.”

ACLU ( The American Civil Liberties Union) was preparing litigation. They state that, “the bill will drive families, doctors and businesses out of the state. While sending a terrible and heart-breaking message to the transgender young people who are watching in fear”.

Executive Director of ACLU Said that, “This is a sad day for Arkansas, but this fight is not over – and we’re in it for the long haul.”

Source: BBC

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