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Arkansas House Bill 1570 (HB 1570), also known as the Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act or Act 626, is a 2021 law in the state of Arkansas that bans gender-affirming medical procedures for transgender people under 18. The law also bans the use of public funds for and prohibits insurance from covering gender transition procedures, while doctors who provide treatment in violation of the ban can be sued for damages or professionally sanctioned. The measure makes Arkansas the first U.S. state to make gender-affirming medical care illegal.

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  • Arkansas House Bill 1570 (HB 1570), also known as the Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act or Act 626, is a 2021 law in the state of Arkansas that bans gender-affirming medical procedures for transgender people under 18. The law also bans the use of public funds for and prohibits insurance from covering gender transition procedures, while doctors who provide treatment in violation of the ban can be sued for damages or professionally sanctioned. The measure makes Arkansas the first U.S. state to make gender-affirming medical care illegal. In early 2020, state Republican lawmakers introduced numerous bills restricting access to gender-affirming healthcare; the measures did not pass partly due to state legislatures adjourning due to the COVID-19 pandemic and forgoing committee votes on the measures. Efforts to pass the healthcare bans were renewed the following year: as of March 2021, the Williams Institute has documented legislation in 21 states that seek to prevent access to gender-affirming medical care for youth. Republican politicians have also targeted transgender girls in youth sports, introducing bills that would ban them from participating in women's athletics. Prior to HB 1570, Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson had signed two bills criticized as targeting transgender people: Senate Bill 354, a transgender sports bill, and Senate Bill 289, a religious and moral exemptions bill for doctors. HB 1570 was introduced in February 2021, and passed through the Arkansas General Assembly by March. Governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed the measure in April, but was overridden by the legislature. The law would have taken effect in July, but was stayed by a federal judge pending the outcome of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in May. Supporters of the bill claimed that gender transition procedures are experimental and that their long-term effects have not been established. Several national medical organizations have disputed the claims and opposed the measure, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Some detractors and LGBT organizations have alleged that the bill represents the anti-transgender beliefs of its supporters. Governor Hutchinson said he feared the measure would set "new standards of legislative interference" and represented "vast government overreach". (en)
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  • 2021-02-25 (xsd:date)
  • 2021-03-10 (xsd:date)
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  • 2021-02-25 (xsd:date)
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  • 2021-03-10 (xsd:date)
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  • House Bill 1570 (en)
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  • A.R. Legis. Assemb. Act 626. Reg. Sess. 2021-2022 . (en)
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  • 2021-03-10 (xsd:date)
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  • Seal of the Arkansas General Assembly (en)
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  • An act to create the Arkansas Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act; and for other purposes. (en)
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  • Save Adolescents from Experimentation Act (en)
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  • blocked (en)
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  • Bans gender affirming medical procedures for youth, prohibits the use of public funds for and prohibits insurance from covering "gender transition procedures", enables disciplinary action against medical professionals who violate the ban (en)
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  • Arkansas House Bill 1570 (HB 1570), also known as the Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act or Act 626, is a 2021 law in the state of Arkansas that bans gender-affirming medical procedures for transgender people under 18. The law also bans the use of public funds for and prohibits insurance from covering gender transition procedures, while doctors who provide treatment in violation of the ban can be sued for damages or professionally sanctioned. The measure makes Arkansas the first U.S. state to make gender-affirming medical care illegal. (en)
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  • Arkansas House Bill 1570 (2021) (en)
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