Should Physicians Be Allowed to Provide Gender-Affirming Treatment to Trans Youth?
Arkansas has become the first state to prohibit physicians from providing gender-affirming treatment to trans people aged <18 years. Although Governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed The Arkansas Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act, he was overruled by the House and Senate, who voted to uphold the law. The new law will prohibit adolescents from receiving puberty blockers and also bans cross-hormone therapy, which enables trans people to alter their physical appearance to be more in line with their gender identity. Those who support the law argue that minors are not equipped to make the decision to undergo gender-affirming treatment. However, opponents state that patients and their physicians should have the power to make decisions regarding their care.
A new law in Arkansas bans physicians from providing gender-affirming treatment to trans youth. Supporters say minors should wait to undergo treatment, but opponents disagree. Are you for or against providing gender-affirming treatment to trans youth?
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