Republican Arkanas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday appealed to the conservative value of limited government in defense of his veto of a bill that bans minors from taking puberty-blocking hormones.
Hutchinson defended the veto during a tense interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who opened by asking why a conservative such as Hutchinson would become “pro-choice” when it comes to puberty blockers for children.
“This bill was over-broad; it was extreme; it went far beyond what you just said,” Hutchinson responded in part, after claiming Carlson mischaracterized puberty blockers as chemical castration. “And I made it clear that if this was about prohibiting procedures, sex reassignment surgery, absolutely I would have signed that bill.”
“This is the first law in the nation that invokes the state in medical decisions, parents who consent to that, and the decision of the patient. And so this goes way too far and, in fact, it doesn’t even have a grandfather clause that those young people