A US state has banned transition healthcare for transgender children.
The Arkansas General Assembly voted 75-25 for a ban on individuals under the age of 18 having gender reassignment surgery or hormonal treatments, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
However, Asa Hutchinson, the state’s own Republican governor, has branded the bill ‘cultural war’.
He stated: “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.
“I don’t shy away from the battle when it is necessary and defensible, but the most recent action of the General Assembly, while well intended, is off-course.”
Senator Clarke Tucker says the move has also concerned him too. He believes it could result in vulnerable people being bullied by those with power.
But Senator Terry Ric argues that the bill has been put in place to ‘protect children’.
Others in the Republican party have compared it to banning minors from smoking or having tattoos.
Unless legal action takes place, the new bill will be put into effect this summer.
Earlier this year, Donald Trump slammed President Biden for allowing transgender females to compete in women’s sport.
The 74-year-old said: “That is not good for women’s sports, which worked so long and so hard to get to where they were.
“If this is not changed women’s sports as we know it will die and end.”
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