House Bill 1570, a first-in-the-nation law, prevents doctors and medical officials from giving transgender youth necessary treatment and referring them to gender-affirming care.

It was passed in March 2021 when the Republican-controlled Arkansas legislature chose to override governor Asa Hutchinson’s initial veto of it.

However, a federal judge blocked it going into effect in August of that year after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed its lawsuit on behalf of four families of transgender youth, as well as two doctors.