Republican Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said on Monday that he would be vetoing a bill that banned gender reassignment surgeries for minors.
The Republican described the bill as a “vast government overreach” and that the state should not take a stance in every “medical, human, and ethical issue.”
“I was told this week that the nation is looking at Arkansas because I have on my desk another bill passed by the General Assembly that is a product of the cultural war in America,” said Hutchinson. “I don’t shy away from a battle when it is necessary and defensible, but the most recent action of the General Assembly, while well intended, is off course, and I must veto HB 1570.”
“HB 1570 would put the state as the definitive oracle of medical care, overriding parents, patients, and healthcare experts,” continued Hutchinson. “While in some instances the state must act to protect life, the state should not presume to jump into the middle of every medical, human, and ethical issue. This would be, and is, a vast government overreach.”