The state of Arkansas has taken some of the strongest steps in the nation to protect kids from extremist transgender ideology.
This includes the 2021 SAFE (Save Adolescents From Experimentation) Act. Now, a trial will be taking place challenging the SAFE act, which prevents puberty blocker hormones and surgery from being done on minors under 18.
What happens in this trial will set an important precedent and show the right of a state to set its own laws as well as the right to protect kids and teens. Let’s take a look…
Trial Starts Today
The trial starts today on Monday and is presided over by Judge Jay Moody. This trial is being brought by four families who have trans teens that wanted their minors to receive puberty blockers and trans procedures.
The case led to Moody temporarily pausing the SAFE Act last year, but now will decide if he quashes it completely.
The families say that SAFE violates medical freedom, spreads hate against trans young people, and interrupts parents’ right to help make medical choices for their kids.
Arkansas was the first state to stop minors from getting puberty blockers and put SAFE through last year, but it could now be in jeopardy.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson actually tried to veto the SAFE Act before it was put through because she said it was unfair to block treatment for those already doing it.
However, Arkansas lawmakers overrode her. Here’s a deeper look at what’s at stake in this trial…
U.S. District Judge Jay Moody will hear testimony and evidence starting Monday over the law he temporarily blocked last year prohibiting doctors from providing gender-confirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to anyone under 18 years old. https://t.co/XZn20DzK9I
— WNCT (@wnct9) October 17, 2022
‘Protecting Children’ is the Priority
Republicans who put through the SAFE Act said it’s nothing to do with politics and is 100% about “protecting children.”
Supporter Leslie Rutledge, who serves as Attorney General of Arkansas, said leaving kids to be kids until at least 18 is the best choice. She said it prevents kids from making potentially disastrous mistakes that they later regret.
Despite some claims that puberty blockers and trans procedures are fully reversible, the truth is this is not always the case; puberty blockers can also be quite dangerous and unpredictable.
Other states which have tried to ban child trans include Alabama and Texas; however both were blocked by leftist judges.
Good morning! I'm here in Little Rock for the bench trial in Brandt v. Rutledge, the challenge to Arkansas's ban on gender-affirming medical care for trans minors. Trial begins today and is expected to run 2 weeks. See ACLU statement here:
— Equality Case Files (@EQCF) October 17, 2022
Leftist organizations like the ACLU say the opposite about kids receiving transition treatment. They think it’s part of an “anti-trans fever” and this trial must show it won’t be tolerated.
What’s clear at this point is states have an uphill battle against this ideology and that somehow we have rapidly accelerated to this point as a society where trying to prevent life-changing procedures on kids is seen as extreme.
Conservatives, Independents, and anybody else concerned for the welfare of children should pay close attention to this trial in Arkansas, which is expected to last about two weeks.
This article appeared in StatesmanPost and has been published here with permission.