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Arkansas bans gender-affirming treatment for trans youth

Arkansas bans gender-affirming treatment for trans youth

Arkansas has made it illegal for physicians in the state from providing gender-affirming treatment for trans people under the age of 18, thus becoming the first US state to do so. The state’s general assembly voted 71–24 to override Governor Asa Hutchinson’s veto on the legislation – a rare Republican act in favor of transgenders. Hutchinson had called the bill a ’vast government overreach.’

KCooper
KCooper
Seekster
Seekster 2 weeks

Why is this not already banned everywhere? How is Arkansas ahead of the curve when it comes to protecting children from this abuse?

The Right Perspective
The Right Perspective 2 weeks

More states should follow their example. This so-called treatment has long term side-effects that scientists are only just beginning to understand. Experimenting on children should never have been allowed in the first place.

Nathan
Nathan 2 weeks

What in the nonsensical world America has become is “ gender affirming treatment “? You’re a boy or a girl. To affirm this just look down.

John W
John W 1 weeks

Blocking puberty blocks brain development and stunts body growth, only a small part of puberty is about sexual characteristics. But the cuit just don't care. However, a wealth of evidence from nonhuman animal studies indicates that the hormonal events of puberty exert profound effects on brain maturation and behavior [Cahill, 2006; Sisk and Foster, 2004; Spear, 2000]. These changes mould the perceptions, motivations, and behavioral repertoire of an individual, enabling reproductive behavior and independence [Sato et al., 2008]. In recent years, a small but growing number of human behavioral and neuroimaging studies, including in populations with endocrine disruptions, have provided tentative evidence that pubertal hormones might influence the structure and function of the developing human brain. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3410522/ The third hormonal event that occurs during puberty is activation of the growth axis, resulting in a linear growth spurt at around age 12 in girls and age 14 in boys, as well as changes in body size and composition [Marshall and Tanner, 1969, 1970]. https://kids.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/frym.2020.00053#:~:text=However%2C%20researchers%20have%20discovered%20that,for%20new%20forms%20of%20learning.

Mutatis
Mutatis 1 weeks

Meh, describing it as a ban on 'gender affirming treatment' is rather misleading, as only hormone, puberty blockers, and reassignment surgery were hindered for those under the age of 18. Psychological therapy is still allowed, and is by far the more common method of treatment, be it gender affirming or otherwise, for those diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

Jackson
Jackson 2 weeks

Puberty blockers, as the name suggests, block puberty, and once the usage stops, the teen will go through puberty. It simply gives them more time to decide their treatment. Whats the problem

Beijing Biden
Beijing Biden 1 weeks

EXCELLENT. These kids need severe psychological help first till they are 18 then they can play some kind of make believe.

Brandon Fitzgerald
Brandon Fitzgerald 1 weeks

I'm fine with gender affirmative treatment for those that can personally assess that they identify as the opposite gender. That said, children and younger teenagers CANNOT ACCURATELY ASSESS THEIR GENDER. Children are too ignorant (due to innocence) of what the word even means to be able to do it and puberty is so disorienting (for most) that, if it wasn't natural, it itself would be classified as a psychological disorder. With that said, I understand that medical professionals may be able to identify that a minor does actually suffer from gender dysphoria and that certain treatments may be appropriate. This is why I actually do think this law goes too far. However, that would be an adult medical professional IDENTIFYING the psychological gender of a patient, not AFFIRMING it. If done with knowledge of the relevant science concerning gender dysphoria and without coercion, I have no problem with letting medical professionals make these decisions. The real problem is that doctors without knowledge of the relevant science are pushing particular treatments in accordance with their political ideology and that activists are coercing doctors with the relevant knowledge to act contrary to what they know to be best for their patients.

Nickel
Nickel 2 weeks

Boycott boycott boycott

Patty
Patty 1 weeks

Sounds right to me

Randall
Randall 1 weeks

The state should not be allowed to govern over people's own bodies. Like abortion, this should be between the patient and their doctor.

geckouni
geckouni 1 weeks

Maybe brainwashing the psychological madness kids will help.

Matt H.
Matt H. 1 weeks

What happened to the state minding its business, hmm?

R_Forde
R_Forde 1 weeks

It’s amazing that you can change whether this is a positive or not based on phrasing.

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