April 6, 2021

BREAKING: Arkansas Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of SAFE Act – Statement

New law is the first of its kind in the nation

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – This afternoon, both chambers of the Arkansas legislature voted to override Governor Hutchinson’s veto of the “SAFE Act”, a bill that protects children from life-altering transgender physical interventions including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries.

Autumn Leva, Vice President of Strategy for Family Policy Alliance, offered the following statement:

“The SAFE Act is the next step forward in our long history of protecting children with our nation’s laws. Arkansas law has already determined that children, for their own protection, should not work in mines, get a tattoo, or purchase alcohol or NyQuil. The SAFE Act clarifies that if tattoos aren’t safe for our children, neither are procedures that amputate healthy body parts or render them sterile before the age of 18.

“We applaud bill sponsors Rep. Robin Lundstrum and Sen. Alan Clark for their leadership and the Arkansas legislature for their bold decision to override the Governor’s veto of the SAFE Act, demonstrating their commitment to protecting children. The children who are struggling the most should be protected the most, not pushed to life-altering physical interventions. The SAFE Act has these children in mind. The majority of children who struggle to accept their God-given body will come to embrace their sex – if they are not pushed to a radical intervention first. In our world today, though, there are those who believe that the only solution is to push children to such radical extremes as amputating healthy body parts and potentially losing their capacity to have children of their own. The SAFE Act protects these children from such extreme experimentation, while continuing to ensure that children can seek basic talk therapy that may help them address underlying concerns.

“The legislature’s decision today is monumental not only because it overrode the Governor’s decision, but also and especially because the Arkansas law will serve as the first of its kind in the nation. This was a bipartisan effort in Arkansas, as well as in other states considering similar legislation. We hope that Arkansas’ courageous decision will embolden many more states to protect their own children.”


Media Contact:

Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com


Family Policy Alliance is an alliance-building ministry that advances biblical citizenship and promotes good public policy to protect religious freedom, families, and life.

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