Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Little Rock, Ark. – On Wednesday U.S. District Judge James Moody blocked the State of Arkansas from enforcing the Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act. The SAFE Act protects children in Arkansas from sex-reassignment surgeries, puberty blockers, and cross-sex hormones.

Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement saying, “This is a very bad ruling. Children should not be subjected to sex-reassignment procedures. Researchers do not know the long term effects puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones can have on kids. That is why many experts agree that giving puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to children is experimental, at best. Judge Moody’s decision fails to protect the children of Arkansas.”

Cox noted that the SAFE Act received strong support at the Arkansas Legislature and that public opinion polling shows most voters support the law. “The SAFE Act is commonsense legislation that protects children. It received overwhelming support from the Arkansas Legislature, and most voters in Arkansas support the law, according to polling by Talk Business & Politics and Hendrix College. Arkansans understand this is a good law. Our federal courts should as well.”

Cox said he believes Judge Moody’s decision will be overturned if the case is appealed. “Arkansas’ SAFE Act is a good law that protects children. We believe higher courts will recognize that fact and uphold this good law as the case is appealed.”