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||Arkansas governor signs anti-trans medical malpractice bill
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Republican Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed into law a measure that makes it easier to sue providers of gender-affirming care for children, ABC News reported.
This move, involving a law that will take effect this summer, could reinstate a blocked ban on such care.
The new lawwhich would allow anyone who received gender-affirming care as a minor to file a malpractice lawsuit against their doctor for up to 15 years after they turn 18is among a growing number of bills targeting transgender people, who have faced increasingly hostile rhetoric at statehouses. At least 175 bills targeting trans people have been introduced in statehouses so far this year, the most in a single year, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
The bill was signed as a federal judge is considering whether to strike down a 2021 Arkansas law that would ban doctors from providing gender-affirming hormone therapy or puberty blockers to anyone under 18.
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