A new piece published by National Review covers a very controversial topic in our insane modern times, that of protecting the integrity of a child’s body against the ideas being pushed by liberals that would allow the state to have the final say over their health, overriding parents and legal guardians.
As a means of helping to combat this craziness, the “Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act” (SAFE) has been developed. However, it seems Asa Hutchinson is not a fan of using the government as a means of protecting children from this kind of harm, vetoing it instead of voting to pass it.
Apparently, the bill “would put the state as the definitive oracle of medical care, overriding parents, patients, and health care experts,” Hutchinson told reporters at a press conference on Monday. “While in some instances the state must act to protect life, the state should not presume to jump into the middle of every medical, human, and ethical issue. This would be, and is, a vast government overreach.”
That folks, is as contorted a position one could ever assume. For his next trick. Never mind.
“Government under a conservative philosophy should be restrained. . . . This is an example of where restraint is better than over-broad actions that interfere with important relationships in our society,” the report from NR said.
The kind of procedures being discussed here are life-altering surgeries and experiments with hormones being done on minors. The author of the piece argues that if your brand of conservatism does not seek to protect minors from this sort of abuse, it isn’t really conservatism. Sure, Kathryn Jean Lopez says, there needs to be compassion for minors who have already suffered abuse from the hands of an adult, like parents and doctors who get these kids wrapped up in transitioning in the first place.
Lopez goes on to suggest that Gov. Hutchinson might take some time to reflect some on a certain magazine that’s at the heart of conservatism’s “Standing Athwart” advice.
Life is already super hard being a teenager. The last thing these kids need is the additional confusion of trying to become the opposite gender and figuring out that whole confusing mess. Kids shouldn’t be encouraged to take steps that would permanently alter their bodies at such a young age.
Governor Hutchinson is a disgrace. No wonder so many people who vote Republican are disenchanted with this current GOP political class.