Asa Hutchinson Goes Wobbly on Trans Kid Bill

Asa Hutchinson Goes Wobbly on Trans Kid Bill

Asa Hutchinson Goes Wobbly on Trans Kid Bill

Remember last month when South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem caught flack from conservatives when she failed to sign a bill that would protect girls’ sports from transgender athletes? Now it looks like Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson may himself be turning into a. . . ahem. . . Noem after he vetoed a bill on Monday that would ban transgender surgery for minors.

To be sure, Noem did backtrack and signed two executive orders to protect girls’ K-12 and college sports. Apparently the pressure from conservatives was too overwhelming, and she went back to the fold. After all, she might want to be re-elected, maybe even run for national office someday, and caving to the LGBTQ crowd is not a good look for her.

But Asa Hutchinson? He’s term-limited, and will be replaced in 2022. So why did he veto House Bill 1570, the Save Adolescents from Experimentation Act (SAFE)? It would’ve barred doctors from providing puberty-blocking drugs, cross-sex hormones and gender-altering surgeries to kids under 18. After all, just last week he approved a bill that would protect female sports from transgender athletes. Plus, HB 1570 would be the first bill of its kind in the nation. Asa Hutchinson would be taking a bold step for his state of Arkansas.

But no, he weaseled out, calling the bill “off course.”

Naturally, the trans lobby and their allies in the American Civil Liberties Union did a Happy Dance. Chris Strangio, an ACLU lawyer, said:

“First and foremost, it’s such an important rebuke of this sweeping range of legislation targeting trans youth across the country, I hope Alabama’s watching. I hope Tennessee’s watching.”

Plus LGBTQ advocate Sam Brinton praised Asa Hutchinson for his veto:

“The governor openly said trust the parents, trust the young person, trust their medical professionals.”

Esquire ran this headline:

“In Terms of Culture-War Holy-Shit Moments, This is Right Up There” 

While the hysterical feminists at Jezebel gave Hutchinson backhanded praise for ‘realizing’ that “wanting trans kids to die is perhaps a bad look.”

But if Hutchinson ever runs for national office, do you think this crowd will remember how he grabbed his ankles for them? Will they support him? Not a chance. Because this is what they think of Republicans: they all want LGBT people to roll over and die. And Asa Hutchinson is one of those evil Republicans.

However, while libertarians might applaud Hutchinson limiting the scope of government, they ignore the smallest form of government: the family. What if a teenager wants to take the drastic step of physically altering his or her body in sex-change procedures? There is, of course, no going back. Does that teen get to make that decision without his or her parents?

Asa Hutchinson/transgender

Henry Henrietta/flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0.

Or what if one parent agrees to sex change procedures and the other does not? What if the parents are divorced? That’s the nightmare facing divorced Canadian father Rob Hoogland. His seventh grade daughter began “social transitioning” under the encouragement of a psychologist, who also advised her to take testosterone. By ninth grade she was to start injections, but while her mother consented, Hoogland did not. He took the matter to court, and lost. But Hoogland began speaking out publicly about what the Canadian government could do to their children.

For sounding the alarm, Rob Hoogland now sits in a prison in British Columbia. He has a court date on April 12.

Meanwhile, transgenderism is on the rise among teenagers — some research shows that 3% of adolescents think they’re the opposite sex. And while advocates claim it’s because teens feel greater confidence about coming out, that’s not the case. Blame media, says Michelle Critella of the American College of Pediatricians:

“From social learning theory we know that the sudden exponential increase in transgender belief among adolescents across the United States and in Europe is due to the ongoing mass marketing of transgenderism to youth in these countries.”

In addition, studies from Washington, DC, and the Netherlands have indicated that kids on the autism spectrum are more likely to claim that they are gender dysphoric. Since children with ASD can often be rigid in their thinking, they may appear to be “transgender” to parents and adults.

What’s more, other research from the Netherlands warns that they don’t know much about the long-term effects of sex change on adolescents. And while Thomas Steensma of the Center of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria at Amsterdam UMC doesn’t oppose transgender procedures, he cautions that old studies may no longer apply.

“We don’t know whether studies we have done in the past can still be applied to this time. Many more children are registering, and also a different type. Suddenly there are many more girls applying who feel like a boy.”

“But more research is really necessary, and very much needed.”

Meanwhile, the Netherlands is experiencing huge waiting lists for children to receive transgender procedures. Britain, however, has responded by banning sex hormones for teens.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has chosen to ignore such ominous scenarios. Instead he has sided with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, which advocates for early sex change procedures. And if you believe professional groups like this are objective and apolitical, then let me interest you in this bridge I have.

However, there’s good news: on Tuesday, the Arkansas state legislature voted to override Hutchinson’s veto, which he had predicted anyway. Thus, Arkansas will become the first state in the nation to ban sex change procedures on minors.

So why did Gov. Hutchinson veto HB 1570 in the first place? The answer, of course, is based in politics. Asa Hutchinson is no doubt planning for bigger things in his political career, and he wants to be seen as more moderate on social issues. He wants to attract more than just a conservative base. It’s shameful that he used troubled teenagers to further his ambitions.


Featured image: Aimee Ardell/flickr/cropped/CC BY 2.0. 

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • Scott says:

    Not at all out of the realm of possibility that this was a staged / coordinated veto.. He may have known that the legislature has the votes to override, making his veto nothing more than a show. As you said, a very political move…

  • Cameron says:

    I’ve said it before and it bears repeating. We need to treat transgenders like we do anorexics in terms of therapy.

  • rbj1 says:

    His appearance on Tucker last night was a disaster. Noem I think can be rehabilitated, Hutchinson, no. Yes, I’m in favor of more freedom and less government, but not to the part where we let kids decide that their chromosomes don’t match with who they are.

    • Kim Hirsch says:

      ICYMI — Tucker Carlson followed up on Wednesday about his interview with Hutchinson. He did a little skullduggery and — surprise! turns out that the Walton family congratulated Hutchinson on his veto of 1570. Meanwhile he lied to Carlson on Tuesday when he said he wasn’t in contact with any big corporations.

      Carlson’s conclusion: someone with the initials AH really wants to be on the board of Walmart when his gig as Arkansas governor ends.

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