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Arkansas governor vetoes ban on gender-confirming treatments for transgender youth

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday vetoed legislation that would have made his state the first to ban gender confirming treatments or surgery for transgender youth.The Republican governor rejected legislation that would have prohibited doctors from providing gender confirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to anyone under 18 years old, or from referring them to other providers for the treatment.The Republican Legislature could still enact the measure, since it only takes a simple majority to override a governor's veto in Arkansas.FILE - Gov.

Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) delivers a speech on the second day of the Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland,.

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