Arkansas’ Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act Is About Protecting Minors, Experts Say
(Daily Signal) The battle over “gender transitions” for minors is playing out in dozens of American states. Some states are seeking to ban cross-sex hormones and transgender surgeries. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, meanwhile, hopes to make his state a “magnet” for minors seeking those interventions.
Arkansas state Rep. Robin Lundstrum, a Republican, introduced the Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act in February 2021. The SAFE Act became state law in April of that year after legislators overrode a veto from Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, also a Republican. Hutchinson described the SAFE Act as a “vast government overreach” by the Arkansas General Assembly, arguing that it would add “legislative interference” between doctors and parents.
“One thing that needs to be emphasized is that the Arkansas SAFE Act and bills like it do not preclude the decisions of adults,” Quena Gonzalez, senior director of government affairs at the Family Research Council, told The Daily Signal. “This is about minors.”
The Arkansas law, which the Family Research Council first modeled, prohibits transgender procedures for minors, but does not criminalize…Read the rest