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Arkansas law would protect gender dysphoric children

A bill banning cross-sex hormones for minors awaits the governor’s signature


Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson in Little Rock, Ark. Associated Press/Photo by Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (file)

Arkansas law would protect gender dysphoric children

After confirming via phone that Vector Health and Wellness of Fayetteville, Ark., would provide transgender hormone medicine to a 14-year-old, Alix Aharon added it to her map. As co-founder of Partners for Ethical Care, she manages the online Gender Mapper Project, which tracks facilities around the world that provide puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and sex-change surgeries to adolescents and adults. Vector is one of two pediatric gender facilities—marked with purple pins on Aharon’s map—in Arkansas and one of 300 in North America.

Virtually none of them existed 10 years ago.

Now, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has an opportunity to stop the harm that the growing transgender medical complex is inflicting on minors in his state. He has until Monday to sign the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act, which would punish medical providers who provide puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, or sex-change surgeries to children under 18.

Lawmakers in at least 15 states are considering bills that would restrict medical treatments and surgeries for minors who identify as transgender, according to the pro-LGBT Freedom for All Americans campaign. In Arkansas, providers who violate the law would be subject to a review of their medical license or legal action from the state attorney general, according to the bill.

Last week, Hutchinson, a Republican, signed into law two other bills addressing LGBT issues. One bars biological men who identify as women from competing in women’s sports in public schools or on teams that compete against public schools. Another measure protects doctors who object to providing medical treatments for LGBT individuals that violate their consciences.

Vector joined national LGBT activist groups in campaigning against the SAFE Act, arguing it denies children healthcare and could lead kids who identify as transgender to become suicidal. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas called the measure “one of the most extreme and harmful anti-trans bills in the country.”

State Rep. Robin Lundstrum, a Republican and sponsor of the bill, said giving children puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones causes them harm and is ineffective at dealing with underlying mental health conditions that often contribute to gender dysphoria and suicidal ideation.

Studies show that, on average, up to 80 percent of children with gender dysphoria reconcile with their biological sex and do not continue into adulthood as transgender if they do not receive hormone interventions.

“This is about medical professionals taking advantage of a trend and taking advantage of our children,” Lundstrum said. “This is about kids who 10 years from now will say, ‘Where were all the adults? Why didn’t anyone stand up and say no?’”

Puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones carry known risks for children’s bodies, including sterility, cardiovascular disease, and significant loss of bone density, among other long-term, irreversible effects.

The SAFE Act provides an exception for medical professionals treating minors with medically verified genetic disorders of sex development, sometimes called intersex conditions.

Aharon said without state laws, pediatric gender facilities will continue to pop up, with medical providers profiting off of children with legitimate mental health issues: “Right now, there is nothing preventing these clinics from harming children … anyone can walk in and get hormones.”


Mary Jackson

Mary is a book reviewer and reporter for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and Greenville University graduate who previously worked for the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal. Mary resides with her family in the San Francisco Bay area.

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LT Jacobson

The transmutilators will be arriving in your home town next.  A majority of people living in this county are now fully living out the academic’s Darwinian Atheism philosophy and rejecting the lingering influences of Judeo-Christian principles. No male, no female, no truth, no good, no evil, no right, no wrong, no past, no future, no longer exist.  We are entering an era of pure evil evolutionary racism where nothing but the brutal survival of the strongest reigns. A west coast pastor suggests a remnant will survive but not the county once called America.

TCR5862

If I was a surgeon, I would refuse to do these sex change surgeries based on the following:  1. There is an 80%, or greater chance, this child is experiencing temporary mental instability. 2.  Having this type of permanent damage to the body is an adult decision not allowable by a child.  3. Doing permanent, irreversible damage, to a human body, of perfectly good working organs, goes against the Hippocratic oath. 4. Concern over a possible future medical mal-practice suit when the child becomes an adult. 5. The surgery is not medically necessary.   6. Doing this kind harmful surgery to a child may compromise my own mental state which must be protected for the benefit of my other future patients who will benefit from my services.