Arkansas governor, Asa Hutchinson, has effectively committed political suicide. The Arkansas state legislature passed a bill that would make illegal performing, referring, or prescribing any type of procedures or drugs that would assist a minor inflicted with “gender dysphoria.” The bill, HB 1570, called the “Save Adolescents from Experimentation” Act, was passed by the Arkansas legislature at the end of March only to be vetoed by governor Hutchinson a week later on April 5, 2021.
On the heels of passing other bills the legacy media insists is “infringing on transgender rights,” Governor Hutchinson took the stance that the decision to perform, refer, or treat children under 18 with “gender affirming” care was strictly a decision between parent and doctor, and that the states involvement was an “overreach” of state authority. The Arkansas legislative body responded promptly with an override of Hutchinson’s veto on April 6th, 2021 with a House vote of 75-25 and a Senate vote of 25-8.
In defense of his decision, Hutchinson has said, “My own personal view that this is too extreme, it was too broad and did not grandfather in those young people who are currently under hormone treatment.”
“This puts a very vulnerable population in a more difficult position,” he added. “It sends the wrong signal to them.”
Hutchinson noted the number of current children in transition total fewer than 200 in the state of Arkansas. On an interview on FOX news, the show host pressed Hutchinson regarding these “experimental” procedures, and also inquired if Hutchinson was inclined to lift bans on drinking age, sex with children, or smoking, since the governor seemed to believe the parents had a right in the decision of using hormones, puberty blockers, or sexual reassignment surgery in undeveloped, growing children.
Though Hutchinson will not be seeking election due to term limits, the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, released a statement about the Arkansas governor:
“The lightweight RINO Governor of Arkansas, just vetoed a Bill that banned the CHEMICAL CASTRATION OF CHILDREN. ‘Bye-bye Asa,’ that’s the end of him!”
President Trump also reminded former press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is running for governor of Arkansas in 2022.