It’s not appropriate for children to be given medical intervention before they can fully comprehend the consequences, even if they think they are transgender. It’s ridiculous enough to have to defend this self-evident fact against Democrats, but now it’s a Republican too.
Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson appears to have completely flipped and joined the left in railing against conservatives for proposing what he calls “culture war bills,” TheBlaze reported. Hutchinson said Republicans’ limited government principles trump the issues, even when it involves giving drugs and surgery to gender-confused children.
“Just because you want to keep things as they have been, perhaps, you don’t need to use the instrument of the law,” he told Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” Sunday. “You don’t need to use the state to accomplish that purpose in every instance.”
Hutchison vetoed legislation that would have prevented doctors from prescribing medications or performing life-altering surgeries to children under 18. He said he believed that the culture needs to change from the churches, not through laws.
The Arkansas state legislature overturned his veto, however. Hutchinson asserted his objection was about limited government, but he cited similar laws he signed that addressed the gender issue.
“I signed two [bills] that I thought made sense,” he explained to Todd. “One was girls in sports, trying to protect women’s sports. The other one was supporting medical conscience, that doctors can claim a conscience reason if they want to deny a particular procedure, but they have to do emergency care. And so those are two bills that I signed,” he said.
“The third one was not well done,” Hutchinson continued. “It did not protect the youth. It interfered with the government getting into the lives of transgender youth, as well as their parents and the decisions that doctors made. And to me, it’s about compassion. But it is also about making, having the laws make sense in a limited role of government,” he said.
“And that’s the case that I made in the Washington Post column that as Republicans, we need to get back and ask the question, ‘Is this the appropriate role of government? Are we restraining ourselves?'”
Although the governor is correct that hearts need to change first, it’s also true that laws to protect the most vulnerable are a necessary function of government. Children who are gender-confused are given treatments that could permanently alter their lives and development. It isn’t just necessary to legislate on their behalf, it’s moral.