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Arkansas Senate passes ban on treatments for transgender youth

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Mathilda, 6, was born a boy but began identifying herself as a girl one year ago, and is accepted as a girl by her classmates and teachers. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

The Arkansas Senate has passed a bill that would put an end to gender confirming treatments for transgendered youth.

The bill was approved on Monday with a 28-7 vote.

Under the legislation, doctors are prohibited from providing gender-confirming hormone treatment or surgery to minors. They are also prohibited from referring them to other providers who would be able to do the treatment.

Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson will have five days to sign or veto the legislation once it hits his desk. It is unknown whether he supports the bill or is against it.

If the bill is enacted into law, it will be the first of its kind in the US and will take effect later this summer.